I've worked for a number of contractors over the years. Occasionally, I'd buy parts and equipment for myself, when I was picking up goods for my boss. Of course, a separate bill and I paid cash, always. I thought that I was getting the best price until recently. I was in a hurry to finish a job (no profit) for a handicapped friend. The counterman charged me more than I remember the price of the article. I asked about it, and the smartazz he is said, "that's the price, and you can't bring it back if you find it cheaper elsewhere." I was about to unload, but remembered that I was in a hurry and going on vacation in the morning. I found out after getting the time, that he overcharged me by quite a bit.
I thought good, cash customers got the best price! Is this not the case? Are the counterman getting commission?
I've always said that you don't get smarter as you get older, but I hit a new mark.