Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    Antique’s Roadshow auctioneer: “and here we have a 12th century coffee mug from Moravia when Mrs. Olsen was young, starting at $1000…”

  2. cartoon critic 2544

    cartoon critic 2544 said, over 3 years ago

    Nicely done story line.

  3. patsysutcliffe

    patsysutcliffe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    this has been really entertaining.

  4. sonorhC

    sonorhC said, over 3 years ago

    Either you’re just trying to get rid of excess stuff, or you’re concerned about the money. Either way, haggling makes sense. If you’re just trying to get rid of junk, the person who lowballs your price is still taking it off your hands, so you win. If you care about the money, then you set your initial price higher than your rock-bottom, and sometimes get it, instead of always settling for your rock-bottom price.

  5. Cartoonacy

    Cartoonacy said, over 3 years ago

    I feel the same way as you. I hate to haggle. But I once heard a psychologist explain it this way: When negotiating anything, from the price of merchandise to assigning household chores, always start out asking for at least twice what you want. If you start by asking for the minimum, then you’ll feel like you’re being fair, but you’ll be perceived as stubborn and inflexible. But if you ask for more than you want and let yourself be talked down, you’ll be perceived as fair and open to compromise. You might even end up getting more than you expected, and the person you’re negotiating with will walk away with the happy feeling that they’ve gotten a great deal. Everybody wins.

  6. Nermal M

    Nermal M said, over 3 years ago

    I agree with cartoon critic 2544 and patsysutcliffe. Well done.

  7. JiminNYC

    JiminNYC said, over 3 years ago

    Um…then how’d she get the “Mrs.”?

  8. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago

    I was at a rummage last week where an old lady who was a bit overweight got into a heated argument over the prices. The rummage sale owner, also an old lady shot back that her prices were fair and the customer retreated in a huff, tripping over a shifting slab in the driveway. She fell and was bleeding all over profusely from her wounds because she explained she was on blood thinners. What a disaster. Was it worth it?

  9. Unca Jim

    Unca Jim said, over 3 years ago

    Naw. Just an incident in another day in the life of EMT’s..(probably)

  10. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 3 years ago

    When my wife wants to buy a piece of decorative pottery at an antiques store, I do the negotiating. As much as I want to see her happy, I am loathe to acquire yet another vase or bowl. We almost always get the item, but we rarely pay anywhere close to the price on the tag. Came to realize that it’s really, really easy to bargain successfully for something when you don’t care if you get it or not.

  11. danketaz

    danketaz GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I just want to know if she ended up with fewer coffee cups or if she has to rent yet another storage locker

  12. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 3 years ago

    @Redkaycie Repoc: Here’s your “explanation” in response to my recent question:

    “I don’t understand why you don’t understand, its very simple. She is very modest and doesn’t think anyone thinks much of her… are you following so far? Therefore she never counted those types because she was afraid her fears would be confirmed. As it turns out many more people think the world of her than she believed… did you understand this very simple concept or should it be explained again in smaller words?”

    It is NOT that Mrs. Olsen fears that no one thinks much of her; as Mr. Mallett has explained (ad infinitum) it is that she doesn’t want recognition. Do you not see that those ideas are diametrically opposed? Do you not see that you conflated her being admired for her teaching and her being recognized for the heroic act that left her injured? They’re different things! (What gives me the sneaking suspicion that this distinction will be utterly wasted on you?)

    Counting mugs? You’re dead wrong again: She didn’t choose not to count mugs; she couldn’t count (or even be aware of) the mugs that people were bringing to the sale to be re-sold. See the difference?

    Extreme condescension married to cluelessness is not very becoming. Now do your usual thing where you ignore every indisputable point I’ve made and hit me with a lot of bilous nonsense.

  13. water_moon

    water_moon said, over 3 years ago

    There are places in this world where you are not only EXPECTED to make a counter offer, but it’s considered quite rude not to do so. Until the advent of national chain stores at the begining of last century prices were rarly “set in stone”, and frankly the only way they took hold was to have sales or coupons to make customers feel like the merchandise was valuable.
    Don’t belive me just ask JC Penny’s how the whole “lower prices and stop the constant sales” thing worked out for them.
    So, in this country, if you want to haggle, person to person sales are almost the only places left to do that. If you don’t want to haggle, then make that quite plain or EXPECT those who do want to, to try. And realize it’s not a form of insult, any more than your unwillingness to is.

  14. ricrocs

    ricrocs said, over 3 years ago


    That’s rite!

  15. ableberry

    ableberry said, 2 months ago

    Holy crap! why does he waste the first two panels recapping the summer’s plot?!!?

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