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Jun 7

Sale fails

Posted on Sunday, June 7, 2009 in Family, Rantings

We are such a family of eejits.

On a bleached-blonde secluded beach far far away, we basked in perfection.  Untouched.  Raw.  Electricity is cut off at 10pm because the sun has gone to sleep and there is no point in anything else.  Think of ‘The Beach’, and you’re not far off from this paradise.  Our friend knew we would probably find this place, so asked us for a souvenir… simply a handful of sand.

TAT actually walked into the only shop on the beach and asked if they sold sand.  I laughed and laughed.  He blamed the heat.

Today I took part in a car-boot sale and sold a perfectly good Playstation 2 and five games for €3.

I started at €20 for the lot, then met a shrewd Indian chap who must be excellent at poker, for he bartered backwards.

“How much for everything?”


“I give you 50c”

“Pft! Okay… €18”

“I give you 50c”

“No way, man, this stuff is good.  €18 I say.”

“I give you 50c”

“Are you battery operated?”


“€15” I conceeded.

“I give you 50c.”

“Go away.”

“I give you three euro!”

I was so surprised, I said yes.  How fucking stupid was that?!?!

Don’t tell TAT.

Bring on the comments

  1. GrowUp says:

    Tut tut. See, the come over here, and within a few days they realise “My God(s) these people have never haggled a day in their lives, I will never have to pay for anything again!”. We are feeble in this country when it comes to that sort of lark. I am especially so. I reckon even the intrepid Irish travelers and their tales of “..and then I haggled him down to the equivalent of just €2” looked gleefully upon the sad face of the foreign trader not knowing that as they turned their back the trader’s smile returned and he muttered the local version of “Irish suckers”

  2. Holemaster says:

    Is that the same Playstation 2 from….

  3. Baino says:

    Shame for shame K8, you’ve just returned from haggler’s paradise in Thailand and you let it go for a song!

  4. unstranger says:

    Fucking brilliant, welcome back K8, missed too.

  5. K8 says:

    Growup; It’s true… but I should have some fightin’ blood in me from my foreign ancestry so you’d think, and am crap at haggling. Then you’ve my mother-in-law who’s a thoroughbred Irish woman and is the best damn haggler there ever was. I don’t get it.

    Holemaster; No :) That was an xbox and eventually returned to its rightful owner.

    Baino; I was crap at haggling there, too. They seemed to need the cash more than I did.

    Xbox4nappyrash; No arguments here.

    Unstranger; Good to be back into normal chaos again!!!

  6. Jo says:

    Now, see, that’s the sort of shit I was talking about. Grr!

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