Here I am, hiding. I’m not above hiding, particularly when it gets me out of dealing with salespeople.
The time has come, my dh decided, to get estimates on how much it will be to replace our many sliding glass doors with more energy efficient ones (and in one case, make them into french doors). I think the cold has finally gotten to him too.
I’m just really sick of listening to sales pitches. We’ve heard from Andersen, Champion and today, Pella. It really speaks to our differences. I first heard about “satisficers” vs. “maximizers” via The Happiness Project. I immediately recognized that this was describing each of us. Me? I’m a satisficer. I don’t really care about getting the best deal, as long as I’m happy with the product (or service). Not that I’m above hunting a bargain, but I certainly don’t do that for everthing as long as I think I’m getting a fair price to start with. My dh? He is the definition of a maximizer. He always wants the absolute best, rock bottom price. He loves the thrill of the hunt. He often has trouble pulling the trigger on something, just in case there might be a better deal out there somewhere.
Ironically, studies have shown that satisficers are much happier. And boy, do I believe it. Sometimes I’m thankful that he has the perserverence to sit through hours of sales spiels, but he wastes so much of his energy doing it! If it were me, I would pick by the nicest, least high pressure salesman (I kid you not). And maybe that says something else entirely about me?
What about you? Are you a maximizer or a satisficer?