The discussion of whether or not to show prices has been very
interesting. My own practice is to tag everything (so the customer
is assured I’m not just inventing a price on the spot), but not
necessarily to have the tags visible to the customer. I don’t try
to hide them but they’re not always in a position to be seen. I
think everyone’s sales approach is unique and what works for one
person may not do for another. But the responses of several
potential customers have been eye-opening to me: an unwillingness
to consider items that aren’t clearly tagged because they may be
unaffordable. I may try some new approaches.
But the real purpose of this note is to get some views on another
matter that’s been mentioned: haggling. I personally despise
haggling. Considering the time and effort that goes into my work, I
usually feel I’m giving most items away anyhow. But no matter how
reasonable my prices are, there’s always someone who thinks they
can get an item for half the marked price – and indeed, there are
many sellers who overprice in order to be able to give a big
"discount." My prices are low and firm and only once in a great
while do I discount them, usually in the case of someone who
appears to really want to own a piece but (in my perhaps naive
opinion) can’t afford full price. Anyhow, what do others think?
Has haggling become the norm in business? Does the wise business
person add a “haggling mark-up?” I’m speaking retail, of course.
Out in the country in warm and peaceful Ventura County, CA. We’re “just
south” of Santa Barbara, not “just north” of L.A.!