I've had my eye on a skirt in one of our over-priced boutiques for a couple of months now but it was too expensive and I kept hoping that they'd reduce it when the sales came. Sales are here but the skirt hasn't been reduced in price. Due to a rush of blood to my head I decided to go in and try it on to make sure it still fitted and just pay the full price for it. I really liked it and I reasoned that it's going to do me a few years, it can be smart or casual - it ticked all the boxes I use for rationalising spending money so I should just get on with it.
Walking out of the changing room and I found myself saying to the lady that I really liked it but it was too expensive and would she reduce the price. She knocked 25% off and didn't treat me like some peasant who was bringing nasty smells into her empire. If anything she was almost friendlier and kept up a constant stream of chat about the different colours that would match and then she wished me a good day and I took my size 10 bargain home.
And I did this in foreign speak too.