Being Malaysian we con everyday without realizing. The most common way is via bargaining. The sellers con us with “Aiyah miss best price already. If I discount some more my boss will kill me ah. Lowest liao. No earn your money ady” and us consumers would rather die than believing that that is the lowest price given and starts pointing out the flaws of the product i.e. “you see here tore already. Can’t work properly. Got one patch of dirt here. Give discount lah. Earn less abit never mind lah..”
As much as it’s a common thing to haggle, this act requires great skills and a sharp mind to focus and find flaws in each other’s actions and takes the best advantage of the situation. Of course you will need the mouth of a samurai, swift in words yet deadly with each slice.
Right. Enough dramatisation. What I wanted to share was a true story that happened the day before where I saw the power of the conmen (tho of course they don’t literally con. I think.).
See I was browsing this kiosk that was selling phone covers and they had quite a range for my phone. After choosing two of them I naturally asked for a discount (like heck I’ll pay 30+ for a handphone cover). But that guy just refused to give any. Only to settle with RM60 for 2.
You see, sis is a hardcore person. So she haggled and her con skills was utilised. She pointed out tears and how the pocket cannot be opened.. heck I was getting worried if I bought a faulty cover.
Now that guy refused to budge. (Let’s name him Loki). So Loki (hewhosoldphonecovers) fought back and suddenly came out with this brilliant conclusion.
“Let’s play heads or tails; then we decide whose price to use. 3 throws.”
“So if you win we get RM60 per pair and if we win we get it for RM50.”
That got us all excited and both sides were gung-ho to win.
Here comes the kaki kangkang (opened legged) stance, coin placed, and flippedy up it goes. Me and sis chose heads (I think. Either way lah) and it hit rock bottom on tails. And then another time on tails. Sis being UBER sharp thinking stopped him.
“No i didn’t. I just flipped.”
“Sure. It’s science that if you flip with whatever side facing up, it fall with the side facing up as well. Damnconvincingyouwouldveboughtit Prove you didn’t cheat. Flip it with heads up.”
“Okay. I will.”
Heads! So 1-2
This is the funny part. The coin fell and rolled all around 3ft vicinity of the kiosk and my sis and Loki followed the coin half bent over.
And guess who won?
Loki : “what the eff!! Shit! Sheyyyyt! What the effffff!”
He came fist bumping us and I thanked him for his generosity. Dropped the RM50 and grabbed the two covers.
And that’s how my sis rolls.
Oh yeah. Experience of a lifetime.