Originally Posted September 5, 2009
Setting: idyllic farmers' market. Bustling early morning crowd. The aroma of freshly picked peaches. Vendors calling out their prices for "the market's best corn". Bushels of colour. Children reaching for the plumpest raspberries.
I am looking at melons.
I notice a lovely barrel full of Cantalope. Beside it an equally lovely barrel full of watermelon. Behind these barrels are two vendors. I approach them, and notice the sign advertising the prices.
Excellent. I place 2 in my bag.
Cantalopes: $0.75 each, or 2 for $1.50
I pause. That isn't a deal, I think to myself. That's just the same. Cheap, but the same. Not a deal.
The vendor notices my hesitation. "75 cents a piece, or 2 for a buck 50."
"Yes," I say. "That's right. But, that's the same. That's not a deal."
I put 3 in my bag, wondering whether to get a 4th, or put one back and stick with 2.
"I'll give you 4 for 3 bucks", he says.
"I know you will. Because that's the same," I say, incredulous. "That's not a deal..."
I take the four, knowing that it was a good price, but not a "deal". Confusedly, I walk away, wondering if he knew his error, or if he thought I was just very bad at bargaining at the market.
Mental note: Some things aren't cheaper by the dozen. Sometimes buying in bulk isn't any cheaper at all.