Have you ever bargained for fruits from the cart vendor? I guess all of us have at some point or the other. No one in their right mind would go to the apple seller and buy the fruit at the quoted price. We all tend to bargain because the seller expects it and hence hikes the price and you the buyer knows that the price is hiked and hence you try to bring it down…besides you are a sucker if you buy the apples at the hiked up price. The vendor will probably stick his tongue out at you when you walk away with the apples at the quoted price. And you will be labeled a loser in the Apple Vendor circles.
Vendor 1: Look!! There comes Arjun. He bought a kilo of apples for Rs100/- from me yesterday.
Other vendors (laughing derisively) : HAHAHAHAHAAAH!!!
Bargaining is an art.
You: How much for the apples?
Vendor: 70 rupees a kg saar.
You: My god what prices!!!!! I will give you 35 rupees
Vendor: heh heh get me a kilo of apples for 35 rupees and I will give you this whole cart free.
You walk away…
Vendor: Ok Saar take it for 65 rupees
Vendor: 55 last price
You: Make it 50 and we have a deal
Vendor: Make it 54 saar poor man saar...
You: 50 is my last price
Me: This is not about salary. I can do my current job with my eyes shut and need a fresh challenge or I will stagnate.
HR (looking at me straight in the eye) : How about 10 more peanuts than what you are getting now.
Me: Mr MM, please try and understand…
HR: 15 peanuts!!
Me: This really isn’t about money!
HR: *sigh* you drive a hard bargain…ok my last offer 30 peanuts plus a peanut toaster thrown in absolutely FREE. Think about it girl…take your time. This is very good offer and you know it!!!
This guy was unbelievable! I did not know how to make him understand that taking 30 peanuts and the free toaster would not give me the new exposure and challenges that I am looking for! He just couldn’t understand that I needed to expand my skill-set and knowledge base through a change in job title, wider responsibilities and greater role dimensions. It was getting very obvious that he was selfish and not bothered about my career at all. I had to look out for myself. There was no other choice. So I put my feet down firmly!
HR (without batting an eyelid) : Deal.
It is not easy to achieve 100% job satisfaction, but 40 % is achievable if you bargain well. Don’t you think so? ;)
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