Business A la Broadway!
31 March, 2011
Business A la Broadway!

On Broadway of New York I am like at home – comfortable, at ease and careless – feeling the world at my fingertips, especially if my purse is not completely devoid of greens.  On the other hand, I am kind of alert when I am there, discovering the world all over again in expectation of something freshening and outlandish to happen. In one of those recent Broadway moments I sauntered into a store of electronic devices to purchase a calculator

for performing complicated mathematical operations – a present for a friend of mine back in Georgia. When looking around the store I was besieged by the vendors asking me in a typical retailer’s tone and manner what I was looking for, but this was done with the heaviest accent in English I had ever heard before, the salespersons all being full of oriental vigor and merchant’s dexterity. Speaking very frankly, the superfluous endeavor of a seller to talk me into buying something makes me irritable as a rule whether in Broadway of NY or in Rustaveli Avenue of Tbilisi. I just hate being pushed whatever business I happen to be in by another twist of my fate. Eventually I was coerced into divulging my intentions and forthwith I was shown several versions of the wise calculator. In the end of the aggressive marketing company in that small store I faintly asked how much would be the item I had chosen. I was promptly given a price of 190 dollars. I was embarrassingly impressed because I was not ready at all to pay that much for just one little present – I had to buy many more for other friends. I frowned at what I had heard and prepared myself to leave the place when I heard that for me the price could be special because I was a ‘nice man’. Now that the price went down to 150 bucks, I thought I might consider buying it, but part of me prompted that I should continue haggling – I was sport to play a day’s game there. Why not! So I said I could only pay maximum of 50 dollars for a piece like that. Imagine the final price that we had arrived at was 70 dollars which was less than half of the initial offer. At hearing this, I almost went berserk, having imagined myself paying 190 dollars for a thing which could have been gotten in the strange Broadway market for 60 percent less. Imagine the expresson of my face when I saw the same exactly calculatorfor 35 dollors in the same kind of store just a couple of blocks away on Broadway. Why do things like that are happening right in the corporate heart of the United States where the commercial transactions should be serving as an example of fairness and integrity for the rest of the world? Is this what American freedom had been invented by the Founding fathers? Is this the way the American commercial reality should be ruled? Who are the merchants who have invaded the famous Broadway? Why do they look, speak, smile, smell and behave they way they do? How come that those crooks have completely occupied every single commercial space in my beloved street – the most famous and most frequented avenue of the Globe? And not just occupied! Those are the salesmen from the East (purely!) who have enough temerity to lie to a naive western client like myself so egregiously and with such a flagrant impunity. America, what’s wrong with you?

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