One salad: $3, three salads: $10!

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At the market place, a seller advertises "1 salad for $3, 3 salads for $10".

A customer passing by stops and speaks with the seller:

-That's not right!

-What do you mean?

-Well, that's not an offer: 3 salads cost $9.

-No, sir, it says here that 3 salads cost $10.

-I know, but if I buy 1 salad, how much do I pay?


-And if I buy 2?


-Yes, because 3+3=6, now what about 3+3+3?

-That makes 9.

-So 3 salads cost $9.

-No sir, they cost $10, it's written just over there, on that board.

The client can't fathom such a stubbornness in another human being and proceeds to prove his point to the seller:

-Here, let me buy a salad.

-That will be $3, sir.

-Now, I'd like one more salad.

-That will be $3 again, sir.

-Finally, let me buy one last salad.

-That will also be $3, sir.

-How much did I pay you those 3 salads?

-$3+$3+$3, your paid $9.

-See? 3 salads are worth $9, not $10, you won't sell much salads of you do it this way.

-Yes sir, I almost sold all my stock to people like you wanting to prove they're smarter than me by buying 3 salads they don't need, just to make sure they are superior. My technique works! Besides, I can overprice those salads to $3 and no one bats an eye!

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What is funny is this is the mentality of business owners in Bulgaria. I had a friend of mine working on a large construction project who needed to by cement bags.  They were $13 each, so he asked the guy selling them what if he bought 100, how much would they cost?  The seller told him, for 100? $15 each.  My friend said, 'why would you charge more per bag if I buy more?'  The seller told him, well, if you can buy 100, you obviously have a lot of money, so you can afford it.


Very strange way of thinking.  When I first moved there, you bought blank CDs and DVDs by singles.  I went into a store one time and saw a spool of blank CDs behind the counter and I said I'll take the CDs.  He asked me, 'how many do you want?' I said, I want the whole spool.  He couldn't believe it! He could not fathom why someone would need so many CDs at once!  He said he could let me have 5 at the most.

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