Bargaining Power

“If you don’t get what you want, it’s a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price” Rudyard Kipling

One can come across these roadside sellers while travelling on the National Highways in India.

They are the poor people who buy the local produce and try to sell the products be flowers, fruits, other miscellaneous items and believe me the rates are much cheaper as compared to the items in the city.

The products are fresh too!

No added colours or chemicals!

Most of them can be seen near the Toll Plazas, where the vehicles stop to pay the toll.

Do you love to bargain?

I usually avoid bargaining.

I found the majority of the road travellers bargaining with these people, fully knowing that they are very poor and can’t afford proper meals twice a day.

Even in the cities and towns, we come across people who bargain with the street vendors or road side sellers.

I also noticed a similar tendency in developed countries too as far as ‘bargaining power’ goes.

This really shocked me.

I guess the ‘bargaining mentality’ is a chip embedded in our brain as we grow from our childhood to adulthood

“In the morning bargaining with the vendor for 10 rupees.

In the evening… giving 100 rupees as tips”

It’s not about the money. It’s about the mindset, we are just used to the thought that, bargaining is our right.

A right which we often fail to use in supermarkets or malls but think about the vendors, for whom even a single penny matters. We think they will make a profit no matter how much we bargain… maybe they do…

But is it necessary to bargain with those poor sellers?

A few pennies lost by us will not affect our lives much but a few pennies gained by them would definitely add some food to an empty stomach.

So think before you bargain, and if you do, do with a right person”  Navnita Singh

Take home message

Please stop bargaining with poor sellers.

I know bargaining has become a habit, difficult to eradicate…

Let us be kind to street vendors or roadside sellers.

The irony is people who can afford usually bargain!

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏


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11 thoughts on “Bargaining Power

        1. Glad that you are writing a story on the life of an aged begar and this person’s interaction with society and vice-versa.

          An interesting but tough task.
          All the best my friend.

          Let us presume that we are dealing real(true) old beggar who has crossed 60 yrs of age and living on the pavement

          This person has to deal with two set of people.

          1.immidate neighbourly beggers.
          2.Society at large.

          As far as the neighborhood beggars less said better. Because of the advanced age theyare at a disadvantage.
          Added to this there is competition among beggars.

          Finally the health status of theis aged beggar.

          As far as Treatment of the aged beggars from society….I feel there is nothing to add..
          I don’t demean anybody…..
          Simply nobody has got time to look at them.

          You are touching a sensitive subject and I guess you have some experience with this topic.

          You can let me know your thoughts.


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