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Scary Pricing

February 1st, 2008 · No Comments

I remember… about 10 years ago, I stopped at a small garagesale in a high rental area, because there was something that caught my eye. Don’t recall what that was, but the experience stuck with me.

As I got closer to the actual merchandise, I realized it was all pretty old and worn out, which diminished my enthusiasm quite a bit, but I figured I’d still have a look around. You never know.

Everything had a price on it, which is great and something I always recommend. However… this garagesaling novice was out to lunch on her pricing. She had an old couch - and by old I don’t mean antique, I just mean old - and the price tag on it was $150. I bit my lip and moved on to the table where there were a number of board games sitting. My eyes widened - surely she couldn’t be serious? The prices she wanted for these things were close to retail - I’m not kidding! Headbandz - $16?? At a garagesale?? Monopoly… $15? Oh come ON. Maybe $2… get real here.

The garagesale owner was standing beside the $150 couch, with an expectant look on her face. I smiled at her, and shook my head. “I’m guessing you’ve never had a garagesale before.” I said, not unkindly. “Your pricing is too high, and you’re not going to sell anything I’m afraid.”

The pleasant demeanor was immediately replaced with a scary looking scowl. “If you don’t want anything, get lost.” she sneered.

Oh my! Were these words seriously coming out of a grown woman? I was shocked! I just stared at her for a second, then laughed, shook my head, and walked away. What could I say? Was there any point? This was far from the norm, and obviously this woman had some serious issues. I’m guessing she didn’t sell anything that day.

Past the obvious fact that you don’t price things at or even close to retail prices, I guess there’s no real moral to this story; it has always stuck with me though, as a sad garaging experience.

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