I am not a fan of haggling. I know people that love it! They love a deal, I get it. I don't. I hate to the point of taking offense. I know this sounds extreme but let me explain:
I got recommendations for a band. I contacted the band, at which point they responded and asked for budget from me.
I'm not trying to tell them what they are worth, I want them to tell me what they think is a fair value for their service.
I tell them that I'm flexible and will ultimately go with the best musical fit. They respond with a base price of $9000.00. I look online and multiple review sites mention they are reasonably priced and reference them as $$ (usually suggesting moderate prices, not cheap but not expensive. For reference, bands in my area are $2000-5000.00). Even their website says that they work with your price and to name your price.
Here's my thing. I don't appreciate being high balled as a person who is already spending so much on a big life event. Also, it forces me to basically tell them I think they are worth less than that, which is rude. Why can't they just offer me a fair value to start. I feel like I have to either forfeit my first choice, be taken advantage of or be an asshole to get a reasonable price.
Anyone else feel this way?