‘Pocket Watch’ Mechanical Counter: £21
“Let’s go to the house-clearance shop,” said Ted to his wife.
“It’s a bit far,” she replied, but then surrendered. On the way there, she decided to pop into a local charity shop while Ted was in the second-hand shop, and she ended up with nine tart plates which matched a dinner service they have.
Meanwhile, eagle-eyed Ted spotted a strange-looking pocket-watch kind of thing in a display cabinet. “What’s that?” he asked the assistant. A frown was followed by silence as she opened the cabinet lid and extracted it. Ted realised immediately that it was a kind of tally counter – something he collects! He looked on the back and it was marked £24 – not cheap but not outrageous either.
“What’s your best price?” asked Ted. This is a good phrase to use because it removes the possibility of offering an amount which is higher than the amount which might finally be accepted.
“£22,” she responded. Ted thought this rather high for a ‘best price’ and offered £20.
“£21,” she said. So it wasn’t her best price, was it?
Ted realised that that was the end of the haggling and passed over the cash. Let’s face it – Ted is unlikely ever to see one of these again, and he did get 12½% off.
In the picture above (click it to enlarge it), the counter is displaying 27 – it gets increased by 1 each time the button at the top is pressed. It is reset by moving the lever at the top to the right.
There is no maker’s name on it anywhere, and deluded Ted believes that this is a one-off prototype which will be worth a small fortune in years to come.