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Aug 17, 2007, 11:34 AM

(at a flea-market)

Vendor: Hello, ma'am, What can I do for you today?

Customer: (picking up a beautiful hand-painted plate) This is quite lovely. Where was it made?

Vendor: Oh, I see you have excellent taste. Yes, that is beautiful, isn't it? It's the local pottery. I think it was painted here by a local artist.

Customer: It's really something... do you have anything else by this artist?

Vendor: Well, I'm not really sure who exactly painted which pieces of pottery, but here are some similar pieces.

Customer: No, they're really not the same.

Vendor: Well, how about these here. I had them brought in just this morning.

Customer: Yes, those are quite nice. What about the prices?

Vendor: Obviously, it depends on what you would like to buy. That plate that you were first looking at costs $50.

Customer: $50! That's quite dear. I can't afford that.

Vendor: Remember these are hand painted pieces of pottery, that kind of handicraft work doesn't come cheaply.

Customer: Yes, I understand that. But I really think that $50 is just too much.

Vendor: Listen, I can see that you are in love with that plate. Let's just make it $45. I'd really like you to take that home with you.

Customer: How about $35. I really can't go any higher than that.

Vendor: I really can't, I mean that would be selling at cost.

Customer: Well, $38 is absolutely the most I can spend.

Vendor: All right. I really shouldn't. The artist is going to have me put out of business for selling his wares at such low prices.

Customer: Come, come. Let's not exaggerate.

Vendor: You're a clever one, aren't you?

Customer: I'm just someone who pays close attention to what I spend.

Vendor: There's no shame in that. Here you are. (hands the plate to the customer)

Customer: Thank you very much.

Vendor: Thank you, have a pleasant day.