Advertisement
Sunday, Oct 24, 2021
Outlook.com

Driving A Hard Bargain

Effective haggling is about giving an inch to take back a yard. Don't feel squeamish about penny-pinching.

Driving A Hard Bargain
illustration by Jayachandran
Driving A Hard Bargain
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
Down the ages, sailors on shore leave have acquired a certain notoriety for highly indecorous conduct, and Yemen-based ‘shippie’ Harsh Damodaran is happy to have done his bit to keep that maritime tradition alive. While on shore leave last year, Damodaran went shopping for high-end electronic goods for his parents’ new apartment in Vashi (Navi Mumbai), with the stated intention of getting "the best damned discounts I could extract". And the methods he employed were diligently planned with military precision. He first carried out a reconnaissance mission to survey the terrain and identified the "enemy’s" weakness—dealers who seemed the most desperate to sell in a recessionary market, and therefore the most amenable to engage in a price war. He then played each against the other by ruthlessly deploying his most powerful weapon of war: "my ability to drop anchor and haggle all day—and all night." By the time a weary dealer, his ears still ringing with Damodaran’s staccato bursts, signed a ceasefire agreement, the Rs 3 lakh-plus bill had been whittled down by about a...
Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

T20 WC, IND Vs PAK LIVE: Defending 151, India Seek Early Wickets

T20 WC, IND Vs PAK LIVE: Defending 151, India Seek Early Wickets

Follow live cricket scores of India vs Pakistan, T20 World Cup Super-12 contest in Dubai. This is the opening match for both teams.

Aryan Khan Case: Witness Alleges NCB Asked For Rs 18 Crore Bribe From Shah Rukh Khan

Aryan Khan Case: Witness Alleges NCB Asked For Rs 18 Crore Bribe From Shah Rukh Khan

Aryan Khan, who is currently lodged in Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail, was arrested on October 2 on a cruise in connection to the possession of illegal drugs.

'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani': Shah Rukh Khan As The Symbol Of Indianness

'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani': Shah Rukh Khan As The Symbol Of Indianness

SRK’s persona evokes the kind of Indianness that denies categorisation into singular, exclusive identities. And thrives on making others feel welcome.

Love, Longing And Shah Rukh: Growing Up With DDLJ In The Time Of Mandal And Kamandal

Love, Longing And Shah Rukh: Growing Up With DDLJ In The Time Of Mandal And Kamandal

Shah Rukh Khan called himself a peddler of love. That’s better than the pitches selling religion. Love is all we need now.

Advertisement