My sixteen year old daughter is a natural at bargaining. I noticed it mostly this past summer at markets we went to in Istanbul. I’ve never been good at getting people to go too far down on price, but her dad is. She picked it up from him. It’s such a cool skill and it’s pretty hilarious to watch this kid “work it.”
We’ll go into a pizza place to pick up a pizza and she’ll just look at the pizza guy and say, “Don’t you think I should get some free bread sticks?” She gets free bread sticks. Every time.
One day she was telling her 13 year old sister and I how she and a friend went to McDonald’s after school and got two Happy Meals for fifty cents. She said she put two quarters on the counter and said, “I’m hungry, but all I have is fitty cents. What can I get?”
The guy looked at the two girls and said, “Pick what you want.”
Her siser says, “I know how she did it. Un hum…Push-up bra.”
It’s funny but not true.
This old shopkeeper in Istanbul was catching a headache while my daughter was working him over for a genie lamp. She walked out of the shop and he chased after her saying, “Okay, okay, two Turkish Lira.” He was wanting ten.