Two Happy Furbies: £1
There they were, happily sitting on the seller’s table. Ted walked past them and returned later. He then left, and only after seeing them still there half an hour later did he show an interest after having seen that they were each marked £1 underneath the base.
“How much are they?” asked Ted.
“I’ll be please to get rid of them,” said the seller, “The sooner they go, the better.”
What a stupid thing to say! How can a seller get a good price if he says something like that?
“So how much are they,” responded Ted, “given that you can’t wait to see the last of them?”
“My partner wanted a pound each, but you can have them for 50p each.”
So the deal was done.
Fridge Magnets: £1
Ted picked these up because they looked as though they were the same style as the ones he bought two weeks ago. Although he already had enough to make pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, he would now be able to make antidisestablishmentarianism as well, and maybe even the 58-letter Welsh town which ends in ‘gogogoch.’
Moreover, it included a magnetic board, albeit too small for longer than about a dozen letters (not surprising, perhaps, since it was intended for children somewhat younger than Ted).
When Ted asked the price, the seller shrugged and said, “Erm… £1.”
Now we all know that, when a seller shows any sign of indecision or hesitation, it’s time to haggle, but believe it or not, Libran Ted decided that £1 was a fair price and paid it.
Bag of K’Nex: 50p
“How much for this?” said Ted.
“A pound,” he said, and shrugged, indicating that he had no idea what it was. This was a big mistake. Another mistake was to pack it tightly into a plastic bag – it looks as though there is much more if it is spread out.
“How about 50p?” said Ted.
“OK,” he said, and the deal was done. There was just under ½kg there.