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  •  LOL. I hate having yard sales. (7+ / 0-)

    I hate losers that think it is ok to automatically offer a lower price for something that is already a great deal.  I used to drive my wife crazy with the number of people I would let walk away. This exchange actually happened at my last yard sale:

    Shopper: How much for the air conditioner?
    Me: $25. It was used for one season. It's in great shape. It was $150 new.
    Shopper:  I'll give you $15 for it.
    Me:  $25 is much more fair.
    Shopper: You won't find any other buyers for it. It's already 3PM.
    Me: That's ok, you won't find other AC for $25. And I can sell it on Craig's List.

    I let him walk.

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:05:28 AM PST

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    •  For my last yard sale, I enlisted the (1+ / 0-)
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      help of my teen-aged niece (with compensation). She learned a lot about human nature.

      Shopper 1: "$2 for this vest? I'll give you $1"
      Me: "It's barely used, and it's reversible. It's like getting two vests. Consider it $1 per vest. It's $2, like all the pther clothes on the rack"
      Shopper 1: confers with her friend... "hmmm... that makes sense I guess. OK, I'll take it for $2."

      Shopper 2: "All I have with me is $3.50.
      Me: "Then I guess you're out of luck unless you want one of the items in this bin."

      Shopper 3: looking at some chicken wire and other materials I had for sale. "I could use this in my craft workshops at [local charitable organization]"
      Me: "That's terrific. Just take it! Anything else you see here that would be useful for your group?"
      Shopper 3: "Oh my gosh, how nice of you"
      Me: "No problem - how about these [other items]"?
      Niece helps Shopper 3 load a bunch of free stuff into her car.

      For extra effect, this transaction was done while Shopper 1 and Shopper 2 were still around to witness.

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:37:47 AM PST

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