It’s true to say that when we begin to enter a trade of any kind, be that the exchange of money for goods or services, it’s easy to be taken advantage of if you’re not quite as knowledgable as the other person. While it would be incredibly wrong to tar every tradesman with this brush, it is true that opportunistic handymen will sometimes convince a client, for instance, that they need more work doing than is actually required.
If you’re in a foreign country and quite clearly a tourist, and are being irritating, it might not be so difficult for someone to quote you a more expensive price than others – no matter what you’re buying. You can be sure this happens here, too, to unsuspecting victims. Hustling and deception is perhaps one of the oldest trades and supplementary trades known to man, and so it pays for us to be able to detect it, and to ensure we’re not making poor purchasing decisions that may bite us in the end.
Let’s consider a few tidbits of advice to help you in that direction:
Do Your Research
It’s important to do your research before moving ahead with an investment. For instance, it might be that a mechanic is telling you they can fix your quite complicated vehicle issues for a nominal fee – but you know that the Mini Basingstoke service centre is more primed to deal with the proprietary parts of your vehicle, and for an affordable raise in price the service your vehicle will receive is world-class. Beware false assurances, and always consider the official sources as well as you can.
Seek Out Evidence Of Claims
Seeking out evidence of the claims being made can help you understand the real ploy here. For instance, it might be that you’re being entered into an excellent competition, all you have to do is give over access to your social media accounts. Before long you realize that all of your information has been connected to this service, and that you have pestered your friends sharing and promoting their content for them. Remember – sometimes there is no price more expensive than free – so make sure claims are substantiated.
Too Good To Be True
If something feels to good to be true, it often is. While the ‘no such thing as a free lunch’ isn’t always true, it is true that if you feel you’re being taken advantage of in a sweet, non-threatening manner, you might be. For instance, it might be that you wish to sign up for a creative suite to produce content for your website. The first three months of this suite could be free, only that afterwards, you’re bound into a two year contract. Be sure to read the small print no matter what you do. Make sure you know what’s on offer. Take time to read and understand what requirements you may be placing on yourself. This way, you can more easily avoid being taken advantage of.
With this advice, we hope you can be more confident as both consumer and client.