Negotiating a Better Price - Business English Lesson

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In this lesson we will learn about getting a good price when you shop. This is also called ‘to bargain’.

Shopping for Vegetables

Martha: How much are those apples?

Cullen: They’re $2,50 a pound.

Martha: What about those bananas?

Cullen: They’re $2,00 a pound.

Martha: That’s so expensive! I bought bananas for $1,50 just yesterday!

Cullen: The prices went up today. I have to charge more.

Martha: Hey, I’m a regular customer, Cullen. $2,00 is too much.

Cullen: Ok, Mrs. Patterson. How does $1,80 sound to you?

Martha: Well, it does sound better, but $1,70 would be fair…

Cullen: Mrs. Patterson, you’re killing me here! Where’s my profit?

Martha: Come on, Cullen! I come here almost every day! Let’s make it $1,75!

Cullen: All right! You win! You drive a tough bargain, Mrs. Patterson! How many pounds you need?

Martha: Give me 2 pounds.

Turning away: A Trick to Bargain

Ginna: Excuse me. I was driving by and saw the ‘For Sale’ sign on your car. How much are you asking?

Vinnie: Well, it’s a classic. And it’s almost in mint condition.

Ginna: There’s a dent over here. How much?

Vinnie: I’m asking twenty five grand.

Ginna: That’s a lot of money for an old car…

Vinnie: An old car?! What do you mean? I’m only selling it because I’m getting married. This is a great car!

Ginna: I’ll give you fifteen!

Vinnie: Fifteen!!?? Lady, I can’t sell it for fifteen! The tires are brand new and everything in it is original! I’ll let it go for twenty three. Not a penny less.

Ginna: Well, I don’t think I want to pay that much. Thanks, anyway…

Vinnie: Lady, have a heart! Wait! Well, how about twenty two?

Ginna: Twenty one and I’ll pay cash.

Closing the Deal

Vinnie: So, you’ll pay twenty one grand cash?

Ginna: Seems fair to me.

Vinnie: Ok, then. Deal. Do you have the money on you?

Ginna: Of course not! I’ll have to go to the bank, and I’ll be back in a little while.

Vinnie: While you do that, I’ll get the papers so we can sign. I’ll wait for you here.

Ginna: Do you have an extra set of keys?

Vinnie: Yes! I have everything. Even the manual is still in the glove compartment.

Ginna: Great! My husband is going to love it!

Vinnie: It’s a gift for your husband? Wow, he’s a very lucky guy.

Ginna: I know…I’ll be right back with the money.

Bargaining a Better Price on a House

John: So, what do you think? The house is really well located, and the schools in this neighborhood are great.

Duke: How much do they want for it?

John: They’re asking $820.000,00.

Duke: That’s really expensive for this place. I was thinking something more like $700.000,00.

John: It’s not expensive at all. And the house was just refurbished. Everything is new.

Duke: Well, I don’t think I’ll go any higher than $720.000,00. Talk to the owner and let me know.

John: Well, I’ll talk to him. But that’s way below what he expects. And besides, that’s market price…

Duke: Talk to him. Call me when you know something.

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