Sorry about the lack of posts over the last few days, out-of-town and RL stuff got in the way. But we should be back on track.

Times are tough for most people, and I honestly don’t see where it will get any better for at least the next year or more. So everyone is out for the best deal they can get to make the most of every dollar. I’m all for saving money and have taken steps in our family to help that along (making my own food, making my own laundry detergent, cooking way more at home, etc). But can we go too far in our attempt to get a good deal?

I was reading in Proverbs and come across this very interesting verse which speaks to this issue.

“Bad, Bad, ” says the buyer,
but when he goes away, then he
boasts. (Prov 20:14)

You can almost picture the scene. Some crafty buyer wandering through a market looking for someone who he can take advantage of. He finds the item he is after and suckers the merchant into giving him a better deal than he probably should. The question that comes to mind is: how far do we go in getting a good deal?

This of course depends on many things but it is ultimately a question of ethics. If I know that the fair market value of something is say $100 but I haggle a person down to $50 is this right? Sure I got a great deal, a phenomenal deal, but what about the ramifications upon the person that sold it? Now I know that someone will say, “They had the choice to not sell it for that price,” and you’re right, but there are more than likely circumstances that we don’t fully understand. Desperation can lead people to do things that they would not normally do.

I’m also not saying that we shouldn’t be financially responsible; this isn’t a cry for us to waste our money and become victims of those people in the world who will take advantage of others. My point is to consider that the person you are buying from is a person. They are not just a middleman, they have a family and responsibilities that they need to fulfill and if we try to get the best deal possible we may be harming such a person.

Consider that all of our actions, even our financial dealings, can have an impact on those around us. Look for a good deal, but don’t get one over on a person either.