May 28, 2009
But isn't price negotiation part of business? If you ask a hotel for a room and they have plenty of vacancies it would be wise to negotiate price. If they cover their marginal costs then they should have an interest in renting the room. Sellers practice price discrimination all the time why should a purchaser passively accept a price. If a purchaser has some leverage he should exploit it.
Of course if you to have a meal or hair cut price should be agreed before the service. And no one should expect trade secrets
Posted by: Andrew Baker at May 28, 2009 10:27 PM (bVVsH)
Negotiation isn't about simply asking for a lower price, particularly in service businesses like the one in which I work. And most businesses are willing to negotiate, but they aren't crazy.
I should have pointed out in this post that this video is made to mock clients who behave this way not toward a hotel room, but toward vendors like web development firms or advertising agencies. The behaviors shown in this video are inappropriate to those contexts and all too common.
Posted by: Flibbert at May 29, 2009 06:36 AM (4UkCP)
Perhaps my naïveté blinds me from even imagining that people would behave like that. Although I did think the restaurant example was foul play, the other ones I thought, "well there is a legitimate business practice like this," extending credit for a period of months or just negotiation.
Posted by: Andrew Baker at May 29, 2009 04:09 PM (bVVsH)
Posted by: Flibbert at June 01, 2009 03:42 PM (ErOeR)
One version is similar to the woman in the stylist's chair, where she wanted to 'try it out first.' People are always wanting you to design something without pay so they can see if they like it, or try to convince you that you should work for free or a fraction of your regular fee 'because it will be a great opportunity to build your portfolio!'
"This project is a great opportunity for you!" Meh. It's great to see this concretized in a humorous way.
Posted by: Earl at June 04, 2009 11:00 AM (+v9sb)
Posted by: jmk at July 14, 2010 08:16 PM (RYfpw)
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