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Book Buying Conversation Of The Day

Written on April 28, 2009

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SHE: “This book is going for $85.00 on the internet. I’ll take $25.00 for it though.”

ME: “Let’s take a look.”

SHE: “Well, I said it’s going for $85.00.”

ME: (typing) “MmmHmm”

SHE: “You don’t believe me?”

ME: (typing)

SHE: (straining to see my computer) “What would you pay for a book worth that much?”

ME: “For this book and these couple others, I can give you $35.00″

SHE: “But I said this is an $85.00 book even without those others! I can’t take that!”

ME: (trying to hand the books back) “Well, there are people ASKING $85.00. But prices for this book on this condition start at about ten. I understand if you don’t want…”

SHE: “Okay, $35.00.”

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  1. Comment by Chris Lowenstein:

    I am so glad I am not the only one who has had that exact same conversation.

    April 29, 2009 @ 2:07 am
  2. Comment by kathy judge:

    Geeez, there really is one in every crowd.

    June 18, 2009 @ 1:47 am