“Oh, this one? You have to get one more book to go over $5…” She motioned her eyes seductively. “Oh, really…?” I wasn’t interested in purchasing any books and had just gone in to use a coupon good for one free book. “Lemme see. No. Just ring ‘im up.” The transaction was over and after that, my free book, and first new book acquisition in months felt also like a study in subtle manipulation in sales.
When I moved furniture for minimal wage, we estimated the two densest things to move: textiles, then books. Bundles of rolled-up carpet were only beat by furniture. Large boxes of books might not seem bad until you have to move it a few times or the fatigue kicks in. All the boxes I’m using for books are smaller than around 12″ width, 12″ height, and 12″ depth. You never know who’ll give you a hand. Strong or otherwise.
“Are there any sales or discounts going on?” “Yeah… I can see about giving you ten dollars off.” If “The Story” is essentially analogous to the real world, and John [leftmost] and Trishna [left] are attempting their best to navigate the world without getting screwed over, how would they – and we – go about it? John learned half of an effective strategy for negotiation implied in the quote above and Trishna learned the other half. Together?