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The art of negotiation...maybe!!

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The art of negotiation...maybe!!

The topic of TV antique/auctions shows has been aired several times before.
Just because there was not much on we tuned in to Antiques Road Trip (BBC2 6:30)
When an item was "negotiated" down from the listed price of £85 to £40, I have to ask if, you and I were to try this instead of a couple of well known celebrities, I suspect we would be laughed out of the emporium.
But the notoriously parsimonious antique dealers seem to be quite happy to see their living destroyed.
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I'm just a cynic and have never believed real money changes hands. I reckon it's all for the cameras and the sellers get their goods back to (re)sell with a little extra in their pockets for the trouble.
But what do I know  Undecided

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Eh!! Mav a cynic...surely not.
And there was me thinking that it was all true, and the BBC wouldn't stoop so low as to misrepresent programme content Shocked
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you. But because in that brief moment while the coin is in the air. You suddenly know what you are hoping for.
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But again is it produced BY the bbc or FOR the bbc?
If the latter then loads of lee way.  Lips are sealed
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They never seem to take the cost of travel into account when calculating profit.
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Or the cost of the crew/food/etc  Grin
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I did actually try to "beat the dealer down" in a second hand shop.....
I was looking for a cheap cap to wear on boating trips.... to keep my head from burning in the sun, ..... he had one priced at £8.00 (no price ticket on it... he made it up on the spur of the moment )  ( yeah, yeah,... off the top of his head  Roll eyes Roll eyes ).... I offered him £6.00 as it was well used and a fair bit dirty.... he declined...... politley (?)  saying I should leave the shop fairly quickly ! ! ! ...  Shocked
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So how much did that tatty tri-corner head gear you're wearing now cost you then?
Not to mention the stuffed parrot. Grin
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

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Offer more than the asking price. It gets them worried.
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Quote from: Petlew
The topic of TV antique/auctions shows has been aired several times before.
Just because there was not much on we tuned in to Antiques Road Trip (BBC2 6:30)
When an item was "negotiated" down from the listed price of £85 to £40, I have to ask if, you and I were to try this instead of a couple of well known celebrities, I suspect we would be laughed out of the emporium.
But the notoriously parsimonious antique dealers seem to be quite happy to see their living destroyed.

when there's nothing on I tend to turn it off.. could explain why I'm here  Grin
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Yeah.... sometimes this forum is more entertaining, and informative, than the goggle box !  Roll eyes