That's what happened to me this weekend. A very nice woman came into our gallery. She spent a lot of time looking and we chatted a bit, mostly about the cold winter (she was visiting from a northern state) and the exorbitant price of propane. And then it happened... she asked if I could do better than $45 for a piggy bank.
What? Didn't we just talk about how the price of propane was KILLING us? I politely said no, that the piggy banks at $45 are our best sellers and will most likely go up in price this year. She passed on the piggy bank and purchased a small item.
These are things I would have liked to have said:
"No I can't sell it for less, we squeak by doing this for a living."
"Would you ask the grocery store if they can do better on the price of milk?"
"How would you feel if your employer said, today we are going to pay you a dollar less per hour?"
"Do you think this is a flea market or yard sale?"
Jeff would like to say, "I can certainly do better on price, how about $50?"
I am glad I don't have to have this conversation too often. If I did I would probably resort to some of the answers above! Not long after the "can I get it for less" person left, an older couple came in looking for a large mug. They had driven from Lumberton, NC to replace a mug purchased in Seagrove 20 years ago that had recently broken. They found what they liked and decided to buy two since they had driven all this way. No question on the price. This lovely, retired couple made my day.
Leave a comment, let me know how you respond to the "Will you take less?" question.