Getting More For Your Money
People get ripped off all the time by other people. There is a joke about car salesmen that suggests that all car sales people are always looking out for their bottom line. They lie to potential customers about not being able to come down on the price of a vehicle anymore just so that they can make a higher commission. There are even car sales people at used car dealerships who will alter documents such as the car-fax report in order to make it seem that a particular vehicle has a clean history when in fact it does not.
While not all sales people are quite as unscrupulous, as a buyer, you have something that sales people and business people alike want: money. In many instances, because the need and desire for money is so strong, people will often go to extremes in order to secure the green stuff in their bank accounts or pockets. It seems like everyone is always trying to get more for their money, and what we wind up with is a delicate dance between those who are trying to bargain for the best price versus those who are trying to sell us something for more than it is actually worth.
Frugality is quickly coming into the main focus for a lot of people. We see evidence of this everywhere. Because of the current economic conditions, more people are making lifestyle changes in an effort to keep money in their bank accounts. For example, trading your sport utility vehicle in for a more fuel efficient car as well as dining “in” for a change versus eating out at restaurants all the time are just a few examples of how many of us have been trying to live a more frugal existence. Perhaps you don’t need the 700 channels on your television but can make do with the 300 channels instead. Clipping coupons, something which used to reserved for moms and grandmothers, is now becoming popular among people of all ages as the determination to save money is coming into focus.
But when does getting more for your money start to get out of hand? There is evidence of this everywhere. From the lawyer who overcharges his clients to the auto mechanic at the service station who convinces the unassuming young lady that her car needs an extra repair that really isn’t necessary; it happens all the time. Whenever you own a business or work closely with other people to sell goods or a service, your morals and ethics fairy should be chiming in. After all, would you want to be treated unfairly during a transaction? How would you feel to find out that you had been cheated out of money that was rightfully yours? Often times, greed and desperation take over, forcing people to make decisions that aren’t entirely well-thought out or within reason.
When you have the choice to do the right thing-whether it is at your work place talking to another employee or dealing with a customer, thing through your decision and remember how it would feel to be cheated.