I have been offered job relocation to a much more expensive part of the UK, but it wasn’t a very good salary offer, so I said no. The offer was instantly pushed up to around 25% more than my existing salary.
Hang on – if you want me, why make a mediocre offer to start? I said I would think about it but all I can think is hmm, should I refuse again and see if it goes higher? Push my luck?
As it happens, my car insurance just came due. 9 years no-claim bonus, 16 years with the same insurer, £400. In the same post I got a letter from Saga offering car insurance starting from £109 a year. So of course I got an on-line quote. Like for like, plus lower excess than my current insurer, plus a couple of handy extras, the quote came in at £258.
I rang my current insurers to say I wouldn’t be renewing and they instantly dropped my £400 renewal cost down to just over £300. Pass. But I did ask why, with 16 years loyalty, I didn’t get the best possible offer to start with?
Like why, with my existing proven track record with my current employers, who do want me to relocate, I didn’t get the best possible offer to start with?
How far does this haggling thing go, anyway? Has it spilled over into all sides of our lives?
I’m a mature single on a dating website (write books about it and all) but have I missed a trick here? When someone suggests a first meet over a pub lunch somewhere, should I be responding ‘not unless you send a taxi and make it a proper lunch at the Ritz Grill with you picking up the tab’ just to start the negotiations?
I looked on Amazon – with over ten million titles available, I reckoned there’d be at least one book on the subject. There was one on how to haggle to save money on everything. It was quite expensive – I emailed the author a counter-offer.
But there was no book I could see on haggling for the BIG things.
- Politics afloat on a sea of money but offering us crappy choices.
- Lots on religion but nothing comparative, you know, to compete for our patronage and donations.
- The start of love has millions of books, but none on haggling up front. Once love is launched, there’s some financial advice but most books covering finance are reserved for the end of love, the really expensive bit. May the best haggler win.
It seems that for the really big things we either have no choices at all, or need iron nerve and bluff.
That’s seriously worrying because my how-to book on successfully meeting mature single men is already on pre-order and if I missed an entire haggle culture, it’s not going to be as seriously useful as I thought it was.