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An Exact Price by Antoni in Medan
‘An Exact Price’
by Antoni in Medan
It was my lucky day that a Scotsman visited a souvenir shop where I worked, in my first working day. He was looking
around paintings on the wall. I wondered when he stopped in front of a painting and watching it for more than ten
‘How much is this?’, he asked, spoke easily to understand.
‘That is Rp 200,000’ I answered.
‘It's too expensive,’ said the man, ‘I don't have much money. I have Rp 100,000
left. Can I offer?’
‘Sure. I am asking my boss.’
Then my boss came. He said to the man, ‘I'm sorry, sir. He is my new shopkeeper. He isn't known the
price very well. The right price is Rp 550,000. You can offer it, anyway.’
‘Hmm. well, I offer Rp 400,000 for the painting. I don't have much money,’ the foreigner
repeated his utterance before.
‘Rp 450,000. That's last price,’ my boss offered.
After several minutes the Scotsman still defended his offer. At last, my boss gave in. The man paid and held the
painting. He watched it once again before covering the picture. He turned it. All at once, he saw a list price
at the back of the frame. It was labeled ‘Rp 400,000’.