INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: A Godin and Sons, man do they try to rip people off!

 

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pb
A Godin and Sons, man do they try to rip people off! Nov 01, 2003 12:52 p.m.


My friend went to Dehli recently and returned last night with a tabla machine and a tanpura. Great. The price was near $140 US each, ok, a few bucks more than I thought, but still a great price and half of what I could get it for here, and he didn't have time to shop around. However, it was not that easy to get that price.
Apparently, the haggling started at $400US each! Fortunately, my friend likes to haggle. He tried the walk away routine, they invited him back for tea. After about an hour he managed to get that price. Man, is that how things are done in India?

Pb

Beenkarji
Re:A Godin and Sons, man do they try to rip people off! Nov 01, 2003 05:29 p.m.


They always will name a ridiculous price first, and you are supposed to haggle, otherwise there is no fun, and no reward in the whole process of buying somthing.
Beenkar Ted Ceplina
Keshav Das
A Godin and Sons, man do they try to rip people off! Nov 01, 2003 05:41 p.m.


Man, is that how things are done in India?
Pb[/quote]
Unfortunately, that's how it works. Lest I be accused of "Racism" I would point out, that it's not just Westerners that get ripped off. It happens with Indians every day. About once a month I get a family of Indians coming into my shop with a "Greenwood Harmonium" puchased on holiday, asking if I can "adjust it". The big name guys in Calcutta are mostly gentlemen and are decent to deal with. You won't get "Indian price" but you stand a good chance of getting something you will be happy with. In Delhi, there are three places I would ever put my trust in.
Rohit
Re:A Godin and Sons, man do they try to rip people off! Nov 01, 2003 06:37 p.m.



pb (Nov 01, 2003 12:52 p.m.):
My friend went to Dehli recently and returned last night with a tabla machine and a tanpura. Great. The price was near $140 US each, ok, a few bucks more than I thought, but still a great price and half of what I could get it for here, and he didn't have time to shop around. However, it was not that easy to get that price.
Apparently, the haggling started at $400US each! Fortunately, my friend likes to haggle. He tried the walk away routine, they invited him back for tea. After about an hour he managed to get that price. Man, is that how things are done in India?

Pb


actaully, that is EXACTLY how things are done in india, bargaining is like a shopkeepers middle name there

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