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Growing up, every Halloween my best friend, his sister, my brother and I went trick or treating together. The highlight of the evening was always the candy exchange. A few years ago the sister sent me a video jokingly giving the rules for such a candy exchange, while the video was funny, it didn't do a very good job of actually specifying any real rules. In an effort to actually give my readers useful information here are the real guidelines you should use, or as in my case, the rules I plan to teach my kids.
1. Know your favourite candy bar - This may seem like an obvious one but it's important. You have to pick one candy bar as your favourite, I am sure there are many candy bars you like, but you have to pick one favourite that you want to have more of than any other.
2. Make sure your friends know your favourite - If your friends know what you will pay top dollar for they will make sure they set it aside to trade when they go through their stash.
3. Know your friends' favourite - Another obvious one I know, but you need to make sure you sort out your own stash too.
4.Do as many one-for-one trades as you feel comfortable with. - Their favourite for your favourite, it's easy, but don't give up your entire supply of favourites, you might need them for later.
5. Realize that not all cheap candy is bad - Just because its cheap, that doesn't necessarily mean it tastes bad. Some cheap candy can really hit the spot. For example I like Smarties, they are small and cheap but they taste good. Your friends will be willing to give up lots of these cheap candies for one not so cheap candy. Take advantage of them. Plus this knowledge will come in handy with the next step.
6.Don't let your friends know what candy you hate - Everyone has candy they won't eat. For me it's Whoppers, I don't know how anyone eats them. But the point is, if your friends know you won't eat them they won't give you a good trade for them. You can also use them to trade for those cheap candies in the previous step, your friends will think they are getting the better end of the deal but since you weren't going to eat that candy anyway, you walk away the winner.
7.Find out what candy your friends hate - Just as you don't want your friends to know your dislikes, having your friends dislikes gives you some power over them. If you know your friend doesn't like coconut you can grab an Almond Joy for as little as a single Atomic Fireball.
8.Clean up with any remaining favourites - Remember those favourites from your fiends I told you to hold on to? Make sure you finish up by trading now at two to one. A Nestle Crunch can easily become two "Kit Kat's". Your friends may try the same two for one strategy on you, try and resist, unless you really want more of your favourite.
That's my strategy and I always walked away from the bargaining table very happy. Leave a comment let me know any other strategies I should be teaching my kids.
October 31, 2013
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