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Bargaining for Halloween Candy
October 23, 2017
You’re in High School now, even Junior High. Trick or treating is for kids. You’re too cool. That doesn’t mean you don’t want some of the loot. That’s where your little brothers and sisters come into play. Bullying is not an option. It takes a little finesse. That means it’s time to work on your negotiation skills.
In your life, you will negotiate a lot of things – cost of a car, a higher salary, more vacation time, the cost of a home and the list goes on. For now, your goal is to get that full-size Snickers or Reeses’ Peanut Butter cup or your sugar delivery system of choice. The truth is the negotiation skills and techniques are the same, no matter what your end goal is, even if it’s just a Twix.
Decide on your breakeven point. What is the lowest you will take? If it’s a salary, it may be $50,000 plus bonuses. Halloween candy is serious though. If you want the full-sized Hershey bar, will 3 bite sized work instead? What will make you settle?
Know what you’re worth. Are you offering something of value? Is it something they can’t get elsewhere? If you drive, maybe you can take them to their friend’s house? Maybe the only thing they want is for you to spend time with them. Remember, you’re the beloved older sibling.
Take your time. Patience often wins. This is where no bullying comes into play.
Ask for something valuable, but that doesn’t cost them much. They may love giant Jawbreakers too. If they have 2, you’re only asking for one…
Offer to pay upfront. When buying a car, paying cash often results in a better price. In the case of Halloween candy, play a game with them now. You can get your Junior Mints, when the game is over.
Settle for a Win-Win. When it comes to your dream home, you can typically negotiate a discount on the price by offering to do some of the work yourself. In the all-important Halloween candy negotiations, you are getting the Twizzlers and your younger sibling is getting the most coveted prize…time with their idol.
Moral of the story, realize what you want. Ask for it. Understand, something a little less is still a win. And, most of all, appreciate your younger siblings. Chances are, they adore you.
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