November 4, 2010 3:10 AM Subscribe
Should I buy this jacket off my colleague? A work friend has a daughter my age who frequently shops at a market and has found a jacket that my friend thought would suit me. I tried it on and agreed... But now she wants to make a profit I'd rather not pay. Help me get out of it!
posted by jojobobo to human relations (25 answers total)
My older friend at work brought the jacket and enthusiastically suggested I try it. It has a big $20 price tag on it- the price she paid, second hand, at the market. I would estimate that it would cost around $120 normally... But the brand is overpriced and I wouldn't pay that! It's cute, and suits me, but is not something I need nor is it totally my style. I said I was interested because she's suggested these things before and it's sweet of her. I didn't want to keep rejecting things, and it was only $20. When she talked about it that morning she said her daughter was disappointed she'd brought It in. When I brought it up later to say I'd like the jacket I (jokingly, I thought) asked if her daughter was really okay with selling it. My friend had already said it didn't fit either of them so I thought assumed she was just being a bit theatrical. She is a bit. She talks a lot about little things. But then she
said yes but could we negotiate a price. I thought she had
misinterpreted me and thought that I'd thought she was giving it away
for free. So I said yes, sure. And she says that her daughter thinks she
couldn't 'let it go' for less than $30! she could def get that on eBay, apparently. I don't agree but nor do I care... Put it on eBay. I'm a bit
annoyed but in my embarrassment/confusion I said yes. That was today. Tonight (I had Bo cash) I want to take it back! We couln't afford it either way and I feel like it's kind of mean to spin a profit out of me. Not that it necessarily matters, but she is fairly wealthy, and I'm not. Any ideas on how to politely get out of this? I thought of saying my husband doesn't want me to spend the money, but that sounds a bit a)pathetic b)implausible, for $30! Sorry for the long story...