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I'm An Expert Haggler At Garage Sales

It's easy to live frugally when you buy used, but the cheaper everything you buy becomes the less you're willing to pay for all that normal priced stuff you need.

That's why scrimping is a slippery slope, and once you become a haggler you can never go back to paying the price marked on the tag.

(Vimeo Link)

I'm An Expert Haggler At Garage Sales is a dramatic performance of Jory John's cheapo script by David Harris, acted out as it is published on McSweeney's by the perfectly perturbing Matt Ingebretson.

It's so slice of life that you've probably met someone like this at one of your own garage sales, a penny-pincher who made you consider breaking a lamp over their head!

-Via Laughing Squid


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I beg to differ with both of you. I have a yard sale every year. I price everything really cheap, but rarely haggle. Pay full price the first day, or come back tomorrow to get it half price -if it's still there. I get rid of a lot of stuff (family and friends who don't want to bother also give me stuff to sell). Decent things that I don't need go to people who want/need them. I don't have to carry as much to Goodwill or the dump. And I make enough money to buy myself shoes, jeans, and underwear for the year.

The caveat is that I live in a really poor area where people need to buy clothing for a quarter a piece or a $5 dresser for their grandchildren.
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here's hw it works; the seller asks double what he wants knowing the buyer will offer half of what the buyer wants.
once i had a pair of shoes for sale and i was asking $2. buyer offered $1. yes, $1, 1 shoe, $2, 2 shoes.
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