Stinginess or Deceit

“It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase. Proverbs 20:14

If we’re honest we’ve found ourselves in this situation before. In fact, many would say that this is a great buying tactic, so why is it so bad? Well, it’s one thing if there are true flaws in the item being examined. It’s quite another to make things up about it for the sake of lowering the price. Admittedly, it’s a fairly fine line between being a good negotiator and being a cheat.

Perhaps there’s a motive issue that should be addressed too. What’s your motive, not only for this transaction, but for buying and selling in general? Is it to find the absolute cheapest thing all the time or is it being able to find something of value for a reasonable price. If you’re so focused on getting the lowest price out of something (or highest as a seller), then perhaps you’re going too far. Is it wrong to want the best price for everything? No, but at what cost? Do you really want to have a reputation in the community as a cheap tightwad?

Scripture tells us we need to be good stewards with everything we have but not at the risk of cheating someone. Only you with the help of heavenly wisdom can determine where that line is in every situation.


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