Negotiation is or at least should be a form of give and take; if you are doing ALL of the giving and none of the receiving,(getting some of your needs satisfied), then you need to flex your negotiation muscle more! Negotiating the way that you purchase goods and services should be fair to all parties involved and bring some form of value to yourself, and your community of friends and family. A merger, the joining of ideas and people with their business goals and agenda should be a smooth running acquisition of people joining each other for mutual benefit. In business, it is people working together for the common good that creates good business acumen, good business sense or some great business deals! We all have a desire to learn and network with one another, being respectful and honoring yourself, being true to your word, work and worth all make for a great business climate.

**While negotiating, be prepared to give something of value- goods or services, in return for something valuable to the other person on the other end of the metaphoric bargaining table.

**Recognize the display of many examples of negotiation, in your daily life purchases; daily negotiation is very akin to a business merger, acquisition, or bartering situation that can be less of a calculation and more of a mutually satisfactory deal or barter commitment.

**There are several places to purchase items or services, whether by word-of-mouth, Internet purchases for almost every tangible commodity, or even brick and mortar shops. Some items are best purchased, by the buyer, in person, versus the inability to really see the color, fabric, or quality that will meet or satisfy your expectations. Some purchases, traditionally should be done in person to satisfy your appetite and need for immediate satisfaction. Buying a cake, on-line can be done, though, what fun would you find in that? If you already know your store or vendor and rely on the continuous trusted quality and let’s be real, if there is a guarantee of customer satisfaction by a money back guarantee, I would say that’s the green light needed before you entertain buying from a vendor online.

**My spouse has bought me many things on-line ie., watches, mobile phone jackets/covers, and other items, not expensive, yet conveniently purchased online. I have been very satisfied with the quality and the life duration of the items. Seek peace of mind,knowing full-well that disposable items are indeed disposable and appreciate paying a lot less for disposable items, then if bought in a brick and mortar store, most likely a lot more costly, actually had the same life span as a shipped and purchased on-line commodity. Looking at the life span of items that you purchase is one of many variables to take into account when purchasing products locally, and or nationally and when all of these avenues are exhausted, begin entertaining online purchases, looking and calculating the mark up costs for shipping whether local or national should also be a red-flag before succumbing to expensive purchases.

**The market up on some items is just too extreme for some store-bought purchases, try to negotiate a decent price before paying an extreme price; paying a 300% mark-up price on disposable items, of inferior quality, or anything is way too much of a price hike for me to accept and engage, thus I seek others avenues that are not as pricey or unfair. Engage on variable that you are willing to entertain, based on time, effort and sweat, from your brow, that is required to earn the money that is need to make daily and long-term purchases.

**The venue of our purchasing and commodities is really getting creative and expansive the more and more the world has gone global! I love antiquities and anything from England and Europe and I have found so many local, logistically, within minutes of my home- great on-line sales for English tea sets, and beautiful home decorations;I am too embarrassed to reveal exactly how much I enjoy bargain shopping! Take into account the amount of time needed when bargain shopping, or the amount of resources you will be saving by buying your goods and services from local and national vendors before going global. I believe that life is so much more about helping local and national neighbors, friends and family members first, and once those avenues are unmet, exhausted or unavailable, then that’s the precise time to go international and after that, always seek verified avenues for more options, though set a limit on how much you money you intend to $pend and hold-out for money-back guarantees, warranties and return policies-make sure that all of these meet, surpass or accommodate your income range or availability-don’t EVER buy on impulse. Also, please be sure that you understand expected arrival dates, delays and shipping costs, taxes and most important research any possible issues or safety concerns, especially when buying toys or something that you expose yourself or your childrens’ exposure. Make sure that toys are bought from countries that have the same safety standards and measures that you would find in your own country. Countries that have the same safety standards as your own country and buying products from them makes good business sense and is a great form of merging ideas. Obtaining the acquisition of reliable and trusted commodities, or helping those countries because they help to meet or surpass your safety needs, and were purchased by negotiating works well for everyone.

**Our world has gone global, in case you didn’t already suspect or know, not really a question as much as acceptance and understanding, that’s a big,”YES,” though that should be the last resource before we negotiate within our own borders and territories. Helping others in our cities and neighborhoods adds more income exchange, saves jobs and add value to our community, strengthening local towns and cities and making our society happier and encourages local trade, commerce, talent.It can also bring balance to daily living by providing more chances, choices, assistance by employing our fellow Americans. We should all enjoy helping our country and its citizens and please remember: the support, joy, choice of purchases or services should always be local, national and then international as probably the final resource before the international negotiation process is even sought, or suggested for satisfying your need for goods and services. ** Negotiating your purchases should be a conscious decision and one that can have multiple layers of benefit to you, your city and to Americans in general. Help America get stronger by buying in your own city, town or country first is good business sense and helps communities thrive and stay current and alive in so many ways! By negotiating your purchases and or the services that you utilize daily, you can contribute to local businesses and enable great business deals, or can create business mergers, which enables good business sense for yourself and helps others as well. Throughout your negotiation process be prepared to give and receive in return. ** Enjoy the negotiation process with finesse and experience by negotiating whenever possible, entertain future business with those vendors that satisfied your needs, perhaps one day you can work together in tandem as a joint merger, limited liability corporation, or continue to maintain good business deals. Always remember to spread the word, by word-of-mouth, about the great service that you received from your local business vendor to everyone that would enjoy their goods, services, or speak to other about the negotiating balance that you enjoyed the most while patronizing their business. Good business sense makes sense to consumers around the globe. Great mergers are what we all seek when we plan on the acquisition of local, national or international goods and services, remember that negotiating and bantering should be beneficial to all parties involved; continued business and customer satisfaction should always be a major goal when shopping for anything.** Enjoy your holiday shopping this year!

**I enjoy learning from you and from others offering me knowledge continuously!