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Flea market – commodities, prices, bargaining


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Flea market – commodities, prices, bargaining From research of the behaviour of people on the flea market, it follows that the things we commonly think of commodities, are for some reason different in the flea market at least for most of the shoppers. This is not just about second-hand things, such as worn T-shirts or second-hand clothing in general. For these things, we could point to their status, which indicates previous use, which in the classical sense of commodity life means that their track is over and should therefore no longer be sold. How, however, can we explain that the goods that we can find even in the shops, unused and packed in the original packaging, seem inexpensive on the market? The answer may be that these goods do not fulfil our idea of ​​commodity, because the c..

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Flea market – commodities, prices, bargaining

From research of the behaviour of people on the flea market, it follows that the things we commonly think of commodities, are for some reason different in the flea market at least for most of the shoppers. This is not just about second-hand things, such as worn T-shirts or second-hand clothing in general. For these things, we could point to their status, which indicates previous use, which in the classical sense of commodity life means that their track is over and should therefore no longer be sold. How, however, can we explain that the goods that we can find even in the shops, unused and packed in the original packaging, seem inexpensive on the market? The answer may be that these goods do not fulfil our idea of ​​commodity, because the commodity is not just a thing, but a thing in a certain situation and as such is determined by its surroundings. If we find it inappropriate for the image that we have about the presentation of specific goods, then this inexperience is transferred to the goods themselves. It's just as though, for example, in the florist they have decided to expand their range or offer plush toys in the locksmith. The image of some types of commodities on the market can thus paradoxically distort the market itself. Paradoxically, because while some things nobody expected, the status of commodities lends itself to others, but it does not directly take the status of commodities, but it significantly weakens it.

Another factor that is involved in creating value on the market of things offered is the buyer and the seller himself. We will now focus only on the aspect associated with the value of things. Scientists point out the important role played by knowledge in the market environment. Knowledge or even local knowledge can even become a commodity. Generally speaking, this is not a one-sided advantage that only one side could benefit from, but rather a system of mutually responsive individuals whose functioning is made possible by the knowledge of both parties. In the individual sphere, however, knowledge plays a crucial role, particularly in shops where the price and, therefore, the value of things are argued between the buyer and the seller. In normal shopping when the product's price is given, the buyer has no chance to influence it and can only decide whether the value attributed to the item corresponds to the desired price. In flea markets it is a bit different. As I have shown above, the price here is never certain. More than other purchases, the shoppers are referred to themselves, to their own aesthetic and value-based scales, according to which to decide and judge the price offered. If it does not seem to match the value of the thing, it can try to change it by negotiation. However, it is necessary to realize that the goal of a bargaining may not be only the attainment of the price at which the purchase will appear to be beneficial, but it may also be a game in which first and foremost the bargaining itself and, secondly, a specific thing. Finally, there is also a bargain when the buyer is able to place the thing among objectively recognized valuable commodities and can use that knowledge for his own benefit. In spite of all the opportunities the bargaining market invites - the type of goods offered, the style of their presentation, the surrounding space, the absence of price lists, etc. - but many people do not use this option. It sees the agreement as a kind of ability that one controls or learns over time, and which seems very useful in the marketplace. However, on the basis of bad experience or fear of failure, they do not dare to bargain themselves.



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