Only one of the places we visited offered the price they quoted on the phone. Everywhere else started lower--way lower.
The lowest price I was offered was $1,200. The best price I was offered was $1,514. I said yes. I was paid in cash.
This was an education.
Thomas was invaluable. Don't know what I would have done without him. While I was kvetching about walking and the heat, he was figuring out today's price and who knows what else on some little palm device. While I was kvetching about sweating and how long the block was, he was strategizing about which of us should say what. (Not entirely accurate. I contributed too. Just felt like I was kvetching all the time.)
What are the chances that I'd be proofreading a book about the gold market and editing a book about negotiation at the same time?
I'm pleased. I think we did well. I can pay the rent and get some new underwear.
We had lunch at the Second Avenue Deli. My treat. I explained the traditional dishes on the menu. Then Thomas ordered kreplach boiled with sauted onions. I had a corned beef samwich (gave a bit to Thomas) and a knish. I took home stuffed derma for dinner tonight. Then I went to the bank. Really did not want to wander around with $1,500 in my bag.
No regrets. I won't miss the bracelet. I need the money.