UTILITY OF HONESTY IN TRADE
DISHONEST TRICKS OF THE PURCHASER
An award winning essay by K.B. Khushalani
8. In regard to the purchaser, the following are the acts
of dishonesty performed by him.
(i) If he sends for goods from two people dealing in the same commodity, and perchance gets bad stuff from one who refuses to take it back, he tries to dump it on the other. This is a mean practice and is simply taking advantage of somebody's goodness and reliance. In case the fact becomes known to him through the concerned supplier, as it generally happens, he is pained at the trick of his customer, which naturally deters him from affording such facilities thereafter.
(ii) In the process of bargaining with a dealer he may falsely state that he is getting the same stuff cheaper, or better stuff at the same price from some other dealer, in order to compel him to reduce his rates. It is evident that the same trick cannot be repeated, and that it breaks the faith of his supplier.
(iii) When the sample shown to him is really good, he generally disapproves of it or approves of it after higgle haggle, this is unfair. If he does not want to praise the article lest he should hear a high bid from him, he should keep silent. Such lies, like many other ones, can be avoided without any disadvantage, and, when one does not do so, he simply burdens his conscience for no gain.
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