Photographer's Note

a simple portrait of an "all about business" street textile merchant from Bańos, Ecuador.

Haggling is politely arguing, as told in some circles.

"Optimally, if it costs the retailer nothing to engage and allow haggling, he can divine the buyer's willingness to spend. It allows for capturing more consumer surplus as it allows price discrimination, a process whereby a seller can charge a higher price to one buyer who is more eager (by being richer or more desperate). Haggling has largely disappeared in parts of the world where the cost to haggle exceeds the gain to retailers for most common retail items." (courtesy of wikipedia)

however, haggling is commonplace in developing countries like south-eastern asia, northern africa, south america, etc. in places, it is even considered rude not to haggle... since, at times, the starting price offered by the merchant is frequently 5x (up to 100's of times) higher than the local 'going price', the best tip for tourists usually is to KNOW THE PRICE and to diplomatically strategize from there...

and now... the green bottle that many here seem to dislike - here are 5 verry subjective reasons why i left it in:

1. being one of the apes on this planet of apes* i like bright shiny tricklets :))
2. i felt it completed the main diagonal
3. the pic was about haggling; the merchant in the pic was using the bottle as a gesticulation tool
4. maybe the merchant looks just like his ancestors 1000 years ago, haggling over a bushel of corn or tomatoes, but... um... he's gesticulating with a SPRITE BOTTLE today... and haggling with it... ;))
4. the plastic bottle has another interesting meaning for me. as we were traversing ecuadorian countryside we could not help noticing abundance of plastic waste along roadsides, in the fields, in the forests, anywhere we turned our eyes to... even cotopaxi national park... a thought that struck my mind was: plastic had been introduced to these whereabouts relatively recently (through western supermarket chains, etc.), but people would be doing just what they were always used to do. if the drink was 'packaged' in a trunk of bamboo: after drinking the water - boom! there went the bamboo... into the bushes! after eating sweet potatoes from a nice leaf package - boom! where, would you think, the leaves went? :) it was all part of natural circle. but not anymore...
5. given what i said in # 4, the bottle is GREEN... :)

the green bottle stays... ;))

ps. I dislike haggling myself... :) i guess, that's why i caught this moment of the merchang haggling with someone else rather than me.

pps. unrelated to the picture country: in morocco, unlicensed guides customarily get 50% of the value of goods sold to customers they bring to the store. guess, what happens in a store, when a guide brings in potential customers? :) prices go up by 100%...

* the use of the term in TE context i have borrowed from the esteemed George Grabarczyk (Polonaise) here.

gracious, belido, Waylim, avene, Wandering_Dan, Philippe, parbo, fulvio52, Gerrit, gunbud, plimrn oznaczył to zdjęcie jeko użyteczne

Photo Information
Viewed: 3054
Points: 34
Additional Photos by Kristaps KL (zmey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 95 N: 1748] (7335)
View More Pictures