Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bartering Pro, Right Here

Last week I made my first big-ticket purchase.  Kind of.  It was a sweatshirt I found in the Old City and I fell in love immediately.

It all happened so fast.  I saw it hanging up on the wall in a dirty alleyway and knew I had to have it.  I wasn't smart enough to play it cool, so the shopkeeper knew that I was going to buy the sweatshirt no matter what.  He wanted 80 shekels for it, but as he was folding it and putting it into a bag, I talked it down to 45 shekels (about 12 dollars), and swore sweet success.  The whole thing probably lasted about 90 seconds, and as I walked away, I realized I wasn't sure who won in our purchase showdown.

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