bobbobbob saidThen negotiations with the Persians should take on a tone they will understand from their own history.
When they demand sanctions end, double them. If they whimper, triple them. For every demand they make, take more from them.
That type of bargaining is something they understand.
Yep, I've done (or attempted) 30 or so RE deals with Iranians specifically, and MEs in general, and that sums it up about perfectly.
And then the negotiating never stops.
And in this one instance, this has nothing to do with Islam. The Iranians in Beverly Hills are all Jews (left Iran after the shah was deposed), and they are just as impossible, so its a cultural thing not directly tied to religion.
LOL !!!! Then you understand?
The more they try to change the deal to their advantage the more I change it to mine. Screw the bickering over nickels and dimes! It cost me money to have to waste my time discussing prices with customers. Fuck with me about what I charge and I'll make you wish you'd shut up and paid the original price while you had the chance.
I found out it works great on teens as well. With the sons if they came at me to get curfew rolled from ten pm to midnight, curfew rolled the other way back to 8pm. It didn't take them long to learn.
In general. Let's say I'm asking $5mil for a property. They'll offer $2.5 then I counter with $7.5mil.
Or they call about 10:00pm the night before closing wanting some outrageous further reduction after the sell is pregnant in replacement property.
I'll already have escrow cancelation instructions completed so I can email within second of the call. Then of course they won't sign them, and will file a lis pendens on the property. And we'll be already prepared to file a slander on title.
Remarkably, it goes this way every time. I'll have none of it.
Hahahaha! My favorite is when they get offended that I've gone up on the price during negotiations and then leave.... A week later they come back trying to be all sweet and friendly about it, glad to pay the original price.
It's not just middle easterners.. it applies to EVERYONE who comes in expecting special prices... City.. County, Churches, Competitors, Politicians' wives. Preachers' wives, Business owners, ... you name it.
I've also learned NEVER to accept comped meals from restaurant owners or anything else like that because they are going to come back around and expect quid pro quo on their terms a little way down the road. I'd rather keep things simple and level.
Its barter economies primarily, but MEs are the most obnxous about it.
Our 'insult zone' (difference between bid and ask), especially in the middle of the country, is very narrow.
The estate sold my parents' Buick (of course, what else would 90 yr olds drive). It wasn't going to worth much so I put it on Craigslist. I knew it was going to do only $5,000 so I asked $5,000 in typical midwest fashion.
Had a caller with an accent from you know where. I made it VERY clear that I was VERY firm on the price and that I would get it whether is was him or someone else.
So we met behind the local police station (craigslist ad) and wouldn't you know, he pulled out a wad of bills from his pocket and said he will give me $2,000 cash ... right that second. I said ..... ok, now the price is $8,000.
And after some arguing back and forth that he drove all the way here from Dublin, etc., he pulled out the rest of the money for the $5,000 and I wouldn't take it. I said the price is now $8,000 and meant it.
I sold it to someone else a few days later for the $5,000 I had asked.