I went to buy a laptop computer...
and everyone said "Go up Tottenham Court Road." And I reading in magazines and stuff, and they were saying "Haggle, make sure you haggle, you've got to - you're planning to haggle, get the best deal you can." And I found a shop which was selling the computer I wanted, and I went in there, and I had this whole plan in my mind of what was going to happen. He was going to say like "It's worth this." I'm going to go "Well look, I can get it cheaper here, I want to buy it from you, I'm going to haggle, da-da-da-da-da", and off I went. So I went in the shop, and I said "Yeah, I'm looking for this, interested in this Toshiba, how much is it?", he went "Oh, it's 1500 quid." I went "Sure, sure. I'll give you 1300". He went "It's 1500", and I said "Sure, but I'm willing to give you the 1300", he went "1500." And I was... I was done, already because he hadn't even begun to haggle. And I was assuming he'd at least go "1400", and we could start, but nothing. So now I was screwed, my whole plan went out the window. I said to him "The thing is, I can get this computer cheaper down the road, but, I like what you're providing here, I like the service, I've heard good stuff about you. Seriously, I can buy it for cheaper if I walk down the street, for 1400." And he went "Well... see you later then". And I was like "Right...", so I walked out the place, I said "Well I'm going to have to leave then", and I walked out the place and of course I wanted to get it from there, because it was still the cheapest, so I had to walk back in again! I went "Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah. Um... I've just had some second thoughts, listen, I tell you what, I'll pay the 1500, can I get a free carry-case?", he went "The carry-case is free anyway." I said "I'll take it." ~S.M. (as told on Xfm Show 10 January 2004)