One day a gentleman walked into one of Ben
Franklin’s book stores. As one of the
clerks went to assist him, the gentleman
asked the clerk the price of the book he
wished to purchase. The young clerk looked
at the price posted on the book and said,
"That book is one dollar, sir."
The gentleman began to haggle with the
clerk over the price. The clerk assured him
that the correct price for the book was one
dollar and no lower. As the man realised
that his efforts to haggle with the clerk
were going nowhere, he insisted on speaking
with Ben Franklin directly.
Franklin stopped his work, walked out to the
storefront and the gentleman asked, "What is
the price of this book?"
Franklin answered, "One dollar and a quarter."
The gentleman was confused and replied, "Your
clerk just said it was a dollar."
Franklin looked at the book again and answered,
"Yes, it was a dollar. But now you’re wasting