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Dumb Things Flea Market Customers Say To Get a Better Deal

Updated on July 23, 2012

Honesty, For The Best Deal

This is a hilarious look at a dozen dumb things heard from customers at the Flea Market. You cannot make this stuff up. Some people will tell you anything to try to get a better deal. I have heard many, many excuses and dumb statements over the years why people will not buy an item, or why they would , if only something else were in the equation. I have rarely heard someone just honestly state that they thought the price was a little high, and if I were willing to negotiate a lower price, they would consider buying it. That is so rare to have that conversation. Most people will give you such ridiculous excuses that rarely have anything to do with the price. They are just excuses. The funniest thing is that I have heard many of these excuses many times by different customers, They all think that they are being original or that I might be dumb enough to fall for their excuse but I humor them along and listen to the broken record just to see if I might hear something new. Maybe customers should just try being honest. If you want an item but think the cost is too high, offer a reasonable price that you are willing to pay. Many times if the offer is reasonable, I and many other Flea Market Vendors will accept the offer. When you lie or make up dumb excuses that are so clear to see that you are just trying to lower my price for no valid reason other than to cut my price, chances are it will not change. Try being honest, it will get you better deals. If there is something wrong with an item, that could be a good reason to negotiate the price. Tell the vendor why you think the price should be lower. Don't try to cut the price down for no valid reason.


A Dozen Crazy Customer Comments

Here are just a few of the many things I have heard, I hope you enjoy reading them. I withheld names or specifics so I don't offend anybody that gave me one of these excuses.

  1. Customer: “I don't have any money.” Me: “Why are you at the Flea Market then?”

  2. Customer: I only have $3.00 (Then they spend $20.00 at another stand)

  3. Customer: “My grandmother is so pretty so give it to her cheaper,” (as the grandmother stands there batting her eyes at me and smiling.)

  4. Customer: “For that price I want another one. Do you have more in stock?” My answer: “No, this is the only one that I have.” He insists that I ask someone else that might know for sure. (I am the only person running my Flea Market Stand. Nobody else to ask) I tell him, (as I pull out my cell phone) “Let me check with the warehouse to see if we have anymore in stock.” I make believe I am calling someone and then I act like I am on hold for 5 minutes wondering if he will wise up. He doesn't. When I tell him there are no more in stock he wants to give me his telephone number to call him when more arrive at the warehouse. You just can't make this stuff up. Some people are just that stupid. It is a Flea Market, not a chain store.

  5. Customer: “That is too much money for that item, I'm looking for something old, antique. If it were an antique, I would buy that right away for that price.” “Sir, that item is over 100 years old, it is an antique. The price is half the cost of it's true value.” Then he says, “Oh, well, I wanted something that looks old.” I guess it doesn't pay to have nice antiques.

  6. Customer: “I can't buy that now because I only have enough money to do my grocery shopping. Can you lower the price?” Me: If you only have enough money to do grocery shopping then any price would be more than you can afford. Why are you shopping at the Flea Market then?”

  7. Customer: “It is not for me, it is for a gift. What is the best price you can do in that case?” (Is this customer for real? I don't care if it is a gift or for them to bury in the back yard. Why should I take a loss because they want to give the item away?)

  8. Customer: “I'm not going to use this anyway. I just want it because it looks cool. Can you go any less on the price since I won't be using it anyway?” (Really, how dumb is that excuse?)

  9. Customer: “It's a nice piece but I have no interest or use for it. It won't do me any good to buy it. Can you go any cheaper?” Me: “If you have no use for it, and no interest in the item, then a lower price would not change that. No, the price is firm.” Customer: “O.K. I'll buy it.” Sometimes you just can't figure people out.

  10. Customer: “All those dogs; if you had a bear I would buy it right away. I collect bears not dogs.” Me: “I do have some bears, take a look at these.” Customer: “I really don't have much money today so I will pass. How much for this dog, I really like this one?” (So let me get this right, she doesn't collect dogs, she collects bears. When she is shown bears, she doesn't have much money, but then she wants to buy a dog that she doesn't collect. Hmmm, I give up.)

  11. Customer: “Can you lower the price so I can make a profit on it? I am going to send it back to Dominican Republic to my family to sell. It costs me money to ship it and at that price I won't make a profit.? Me: “The price is already half of the true value. I need to make a profit also. I am not going to take the loss on your shipping fee so you can make a profit.” Customer: (Argumentative) “Well how do you expect me to make money on the item if I have to ship it home?” Wow, that really isn't my problem, but some people think you owe them the world. I'm telling you, this stuff can't be made up. Some people are just like that, and you can't fix it.

  12. Customer: “How much for the children's books?” Me: “Each book is 50 cents. The total of all of the books left would be $3.50.” Customer: “Are you willing to take $5.00 for all of them?”

I hope this brought a smile to your face. Maybe a followup to this hub may come in the future since there are always new excuses or just plain dumb statements from some customers. It is always a new experience with every customer, no matter if they buy or not.

Ok, I couldn't resist this one. I just had to add it in.

13. Customer: "Where can I go to buy junk" Me: "The junk yard!"

Sorry folks, I don't sell junk, I sell very good condition used items, and antiques. If junk is what you want, what the heck are you doing at the Flea Market?


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    • Allen Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      Allen Williams 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @Robert Thumith, Many people do not pay attention to their surroundings or what is happening right in front of them. They seem to just float around with the wind. Thanks for reading this hub. I hope it brought some laughs for you.

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      Robert Thumith 

      5 years ago

      I sell a variety of stuff at my shop at the flea. I also sharpen knives. I have a big yellow sign saying knife & mower blade sharpening. I've had more than one customer come up to me while sharpening knives behind my table with all my gear on it, saying" Do you sharpen knives?".

    • Allen Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @innerspin, Thanks for reading this hub and for the comments. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

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      Kim Kennedy 

      6 years ago from uk

      Love the guy arguing about his shipping costs. One day we were at a car boot sale, our then six year old son picked up a toy, smiled sweetly, and asked, " How much is this for just a little guy?" The stallholder gave him the toy! We told him life doesn't often work that way, but it was a lovely gesture. Enjoyed your hub.

    • Allen Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      They would never think of asking a store clerk at Macy's to accept anything other than the price marked. I can never figure out the logic, that people believe they can just lower your price because they want to for no good reason. Thanks for reading it and for your comments @BlondeLogic.

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      Mary Wickison 

      6 years ago from Brazil

      This is so true. I'll bet they act like sheep in a shopping mall. Put them in front of real people and they don't know how to act. Can you imagine them going into Macy's and trying these tricks. I hope you took the $5.00!

      Great hub.

    • Allen Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Anne, I know exactly what you are saying. Anyone that has been a vendor at a flea market can relate to that. Thanks for reading and good luck at the flea market.

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      6 years ago

      But Vendor X is selling clothes for fifty cents! My reply "When Vendor X pays my bills then Vendor X can set my prices. I also love when the child translates for the "adult". "My mother doesn't have much money." (they were trying to get new, brand name clothes really cheap) I KNEW the child was lying and I said..."I know you're lying to me. But I will let the price stand." The "moneyless" mother pulled out a twenty dollar bill to pay!

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      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @ThelmaC, Ha,ha,ha! #12 was a good one. My wife and I laugh about that one often. The guy could not undertand that he was due change from the $5.00. He thought he was getting a much better deal by paying the $5.00 instead of the actual amount due of $3.50. Thanks for reading and for the positive comment.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      I sell at flea markets also and I loved your hub. It is SO TRUE! I think #12 is my favorite. I hope you took the $5.00

    • Allen Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for reading it. I like #10 too. It is funny how many different things people will say.

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      6 years ago from Salt Lake City

      Bahaha awesome! I LOVE #10!

    • Allen Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @Helena Ricketts

      Thank you for reading it and for the positive comments. I appreciate it.

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      Helena Ricketts 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      I sell at flea markets too and you are SO right! When I saw the title to your hub, I thought "This is going to be good!" Thank you for not disappointing me! Loved it.


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