Let’s face it: giving someone your hard-earned money isn’t a pleasant experience. You may have entered into a bond with a person you know and trust. But when the time comes to negotiate the Bill of Sale, do you truly trust them? Or, do you have your eyes wide open?
Anytime you buy something, whether it’s a car a house, or a tool, you’re carrying out a transaction where you’re trading one sense of trust (trust in the seller) for another (trust in the buyer). In a bar, you know that your trust was on the money you had spent to get there, but at the same time, you have the time-honored concept of selling time as well. When you’re bar-hopping, you want to get home fast. You’re quick to get any wine or beer, and you want to get home as quickly as possible. But there’s another side to that act, too.
In short, you’re betting on a person’s character, and you know that the great guy you’re dealing with is a great guy. But, if you’ve ever held a woman at a bar, you’ve certainly had to sell her something first. And you know that most guys aren’t worth their salt, so you figure, “How bad can they be? ,” and you trust that you know the person.
Remember, also, that many guys lie about their records, or they misuse licenses, and if you go by those characters and qualities, you might go away feeling a little more dubious. But, then again, why trust the guy? It’s kind of a tricky situation. You’re trading your trust for another’s and you’re still hoping the two of you can make it work.
So now you’ve become your own trusted source of knowledge, you’ve already said how much you trust him, and you’re getting in touch with your trusted source. But now comes the tricky part, in that you’re thinking, “Should I tell him this? Or is he too trusting?”
You have to be very careful to choose the most trustworthy source. Sometimes, you have to choose someone based on trust and turn him into a menace. Remember, though, that even the most trusted source can become your enemy if you let him. Trust can be manipulated in ways you may not expect.
Another way to play off your target is to take the knife from your tool and take the blade holder off, thus making him think that you’ve taken it from him. Or if you have a very large, expensive tool, take the tool and hide it somewhere, or create an ‘accident’ with the tools.