Friday, April 15, 2005

The Modern Haggle

I'm not normally one to try to talk a store sales person into lowering a price. In fact I don't think I've ever done it before, but tonight I figured I may as well give it a try. What did I have to lose, right?

I've been wanting to purchase a decent microphone for a while now and the fact that I'd been asked to film a few seminars for work and also to record an interview at the University of Queensland regarding the proposed abolition of compulsory student unions, it finally gave me the excuse to go out and splurge a little.

At Videopro I found one that was perfect, after disregarding the first one I saw, which was just a tad over my budget and so I waited patiently at the display case looking around for a while. Usually it takes them only a few seconds after you walk into the shop before beginning to hassle you, asking if you need any help and commenting on every little thing you look at, even after you've told them you're happy just browsing. For some reason it always seems that whenever I actually want to buy something, that they can't keep far enough away.

Eventually I went up to the counter and asked one of the guys if he could show me the Sony stereo microphone in the window. I'd already determined in my mind that I was going to buy it regardless, but I didn't want to appear too eager, taking my time to look over the contents of the box, reading the specifications on the back - half of which I have no idea about - before casually as I could, asking if he could do anything about the price if I paid in cash.

We went over to the computer and after a few short keystrokes, he offered it to me for twenty dollars off the marked price. It sounded reasonable enough, so I gladly took it – what more could I have done really? I have a slight sneaking suspicion though, that they may just be keeping their prices high there, just so they can give out deals without losing profits; makes them look like they're nice people. An extra twenty in my pocket though, I'm happy.

Dual soundwave to electrical impulse converter


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