Interesting article from 1955 newspaper

Interesting article from 1955 newspaper

Interesting article from 1955 newspaper

Very interesting indeed...
06/09/2014 - 21:49

In some ways a reminder of how far we have come in understanding cultures different from our own.  Can one even imagine an article today referring to these men as "smarmy" and "dark men" and actually calling them "rug peddlers".  Remarkable.

Also, if anyone knows where I can get two ladies' VC's "enctrusted in diamonds" for $10,000, I will not negotiate as hard as these gentlemen tried to.

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06/09/2014 - 23:08
even though I enjoyed reading the article I agree that from the info
06/10/2014 - 10:13

you posted the guy was a pr**k

Thanks for sharing this article
06/09/2014 - 23:16

When talking with the staff in VC Boutiques (owned and operated by VC) around the world, they tell me their Chinese customers are often great hagglers as well.  It doesn't have to do with the actual amount finally paid, but just that something was taken off the initial price.  (giving "face" to a customer).  Some will walk out and visit an Authorized Dealer that may provide a discount, but I think it is often the fun of haggling that is part of the buy/sell cultrural dynamic in many countries that drives this.


BR, Dan

VSher, I forgot to add: Welcome to THL! (nt)
06/10/2014 - 07:22


Re: VSher, I forgot to add: Welcome to THL! (nt)
06/10/2014 - 08:04

Thank you Dan,  i would always browse the forum for addional information on some of the VC pieces, but never registered, few weeks ago needed addional information from one of the members so registered my self at that time, now would like to contribute to this great forum from when I can.

Yes Welcome!
06/10/2014 - 10:20
interesting article on 3 aspects
06/10/2014 - 10:19

- describing a person by skin color may ghave been OK in 1955 but today... interesting to see this change (for better)


- the haggling process is now today universal. Traditionally haggling is a sport in the Mid East and if you don't haggle the salesperson will probably enjoy the sale less (obvuously I'm talking about a more traditional shop not LV boutique in Dubai cheeky) . Sometime in the late 1990 I remember I went to a store in Paris to buy a Chopard watch in(OK OK we all make mistakes) and started negotiating the price. The salesman was under shock as he said normally European custommers never negotiated! Things have obviously changed


- The no discount policy in 1955! Some things never change!!!!

Then there is the "push" strategy...
06/10/2014 - 15:54

Brilliant find, very reflective of the overt racism and classism of the day.  While haggling can be viewed as either distasteful or a sport (I prefer the latter), what would you make of this 1921 entry in the Annales Vacheron et Constantin:

This was the year that we had the visit f rom the Maharajah of the Patiala accompanied by his large entourage of wives, officials and servants.  This Hindu prince  had the reputation at the time of being one of the richest owners of precious stones.  In a few hours we made 150 thousand Francs worth of sales at the shop, not without having to interest his "confidential" secretary beforehand very generously.

Interesting! Not that this has really disappeared but instead of
06/10/2014 - 17:05

beforehand commissions are paid after the sale