We’ve had a number of buyers lined up for our litter of 10 birth-notified Berkshire piglets for some weeks now, with one of them confirming they’d take two for £40 each last night.
But today, at 6.45am, the phone rang and it was the buyer’s wife.
She said they weren’t prepared to pay £40 each, that she’d written down £30 each and they wanted them for that price now.
I said we would never have told them £30 each as we sell cross-bred weaners for £30-35, birth-notified Berkshire weaners for £40 and registered Berkshire weaners for upwards of £40 depending on their quality.
I also pointed out that the other buyers were paying £40 for birth notified Berkshires.
But she said they now felt £40 was too expensive and would only pay £30 each for the weaners.
Now, I really do not like people who pull stunts like this and I especially don’t like people who do it over the phone before 7am in the morning while I still have children asleep in bed.
So, I told her exactly that, and said we’d find other buyers before putting the phone down.
This is not the first time we’ve had someone try this – it happens fairly frequently with people going back on their word to buy something at a particular price, whether it be weaners, pork, lamb or anything else.
I’d been having a nice morning up to that point, getting jobs done and just enjoying the early morning quiet.
Now, I’m just bloody annoyed.