TALENT AND SKILL THESAURUS

HAGGLING



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HELPFUL TIP:

When planning a cast member's talents and skills, think about how genetics, personality traits (both positive attributes and flaws), past experiences, environment, and the character's roles (within a family, a community, and society) all factor into what strengths may form. These special qualities should tie into the story, not only to make the character interesting but also to help him achieve his goal.
DEFINITION:
Arguing with someone to reach a desired price point

DESCRIPTION:
A character with this skill understands the value of a product and is comfortable negotiating with someone in order to agree upon a price.

BENEFICIAL STRENGTHS OR ABILITIES:
Being able to read people
Knowing the true value of a given product
Not being easily intimidated
Being well-spoken and persuasive

POSITIVE TRAITS SUITED FOR THIS SKILL OR TALENT:

NEGATIVE TRAITS SUITED FOR THIS SKILL OR TALENT:

REQUIRED RESOURCES AND TRAINING:
Anyone can haggle, but as with any skill, the more you do it, the better you get at it. This art can be perfected in places where haggling is common: flea markets, street kiosks, pawn shops, etc. It is also an expected practice in certain countries. To work on this skill, it could be beneficial to frequent these locales and see how the pros do it.

ASSOCIATED STEREOTYPES AND PERCEPTIONS:
That hagglers are often cheap or stingy (stereotype)
That hagglers will go to any length to "win" even if it is to disrespect the seller (stereotype)
That hagglers bully sellers into giving in to one's price even when it is an unfair trade (perception)

SCENARIOS WHERE THIS SKILL MIGHT BE USEFUL:
When visiting a country or culture where haggling is common practice
When money is scarce and every penny needs to be saved
To keep from being hoodwinked by a cutthroat vendor or business person
When negotiating a big business deal
When trying to negate or reduce the severity of a consequence
When a specific item must be procured and there is only a certain amount of money available