The Haggle

From the Monty Python film "Life of Brian": Brian is in a hurry to buy a fake beard to disguise himself from the Roman guards, but gets into a ridiculous situation where the beard-seller, Harry The Haggler insists that he must ""haggle properly"" before he can buy.

Themes: Bargaining/Haggling, Changing the Game

Questions for students:

  • What is going on?
  • Why won’t the seller give him the beard for 20?
  • What type of negotiation does the seller want to ‘play’?
  • Why does Brian not want to play that game?
  • What are Brian's most important Interests?
  • What are Brian's Alternatives?

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  • March 24, 2020 Last Updated