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Try to leave the barter menu without buying anything, and the merchant will give you a piece of their mind.

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Proposed By:
ZuTheSkunk on Nov 12th 2016 at 3:37:43 PM
Last Edited By:
randomtroper89 on Sep 14th 2017 at 3:57:05 AM
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Most video games allow you to enter and leave their barter menus at your leisure, regardless of whether you have any money or if you actually buy anything. Some, however, avert this by having the merchant react with displeasure if you decide to raise their hopes for potential profit and then dash them by leaving the barter menu without making any transactions. Whether it's them just politely commenting on this, or calling you the worst scum on Earth for wasting their time, it's this trope.

Generally NOT Truth in Television, unless the customer is obviously just wasting the time of the merchant or the sales' staff. Even if the merchant can't help the customer at this time, they nonetheless want them to remember them as pleasant and helpful, in case they are looking for something else in the future that the store might be able to supply.

Compare Adam Smith Hates Your Guts. Also compare Shoplift and Die, when punishment is dealt for those trying to get stuff for free.


Examples:

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    Action Adventure Games 

    Hack 'n' Slash Games 
  • Dark Souls: all the merchants have several responses to the player leaving without making a purchase, including the first one encountered in the game telling you to go fall off a cliff and calling you a cheap bastard.
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl has Shilleka comment "Next time you should buy something."

    Party Games 
  • In the fourth Mario Party game, some of the item shopkeepers will lambaste you for passing by the item shop without buying anything. Boo, for instance, will say, "What!? Why did you even come in if you're not going to buy anything!? What a waste of time!"

    MMO Games 
  • Warframe: If the player does not buy anything from him and is not equipped with a Prime item, Baro Ki'Teer will often comment about how the player has something to work towards, implying the items are out of their reach, or recommend Darvo as an alternative, implying that he finds Darvo's merchandise is at a lower tier than his.

    Role Playing Games 
  • A few of the shopkeepers in Earthbound:
    Twoson department store tool shop: Are you here just to say hi? What a loser!
    Summers shop: This place isn't for looky loos. If you're not buying, get out!
    Scarbara shop: Why don't you buy something? I've got a family to feed!
  • Variation in Final Fantasy IX: If you summon the moogle on the World Map then send him away without saving, he will say "Don't call me if you don't need me, Kupo!" as he leaves. Do this multiple times, in a row, and he'll start giving more angry/sinister responses.
  • Grunt in Mass Effect 2 will be peeved if you decline expending resources for his customised shotgun after you ask him about any prototypes he might have that might help on the mission.
  • In Might and Magic VI, VII and VIII, most merchants say some comment that ranges from sarcasm to outright anger if you have at least 10000 gold and leave without making any transactions.
  • There are some merchants like this in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but the most memorable is the armor merchant Grelka from Riften, who has an extremely aggressive manner and gives you a cold shoulder regardless of whether you buy anything from her or not, and even before you ask to see her wares.
  • In Wasteland 2, some merchants will comment on you not making any transactions, and there's at least one randomly encountered merchant who will threaten getting into a fight with you if leave barter without buying anything.

    Simulation Games 
  • In the Animal Crossing series, Crazy Redd is a rather eccentric figure in the black market. However he seems a bit miffed if you were to leave his shop without buying anything.
  • There's a random event in FTL: Faster Than Light where you can contact a ship that has equipment for sale. If you look at his inventory but don't buy anything, he'll attack you for wasting his time.
  • Inverted in Kitty Powers' Matchmaker: If you set up a date between two customers but cancel it in the last second, the customer will make an annoyed coment.

    Strategy Games 

    Wide Open Sandbox 
  • In Grand Theft Auto V online if you call one of your contacts but do not make use of their services, they will make a comment about you acting weird.
  • Villagers in Minecraft announce their displeasure rather loudly when you just flip through their offerts.

    Non-Video Game Examples 
  • The Boys: the comic store owners take sadistic glee in chewing out anyone who goes to their store without buying anything.

Feedback: 33 replies

Nov 12th 2016 at 5:04:45 PM

  • There's a random event in FTL Faster Than Light where you can contact a ship that has equipment for sale. If you look at his inventory but don't buy anything, he'll attack you for wasting his time.

Nov 12th 2016 at 8:13:30 PM

Spirit Tracks: Beedle complains loudly if you leave his shop without buying. Somewhat justified in that he has to pedal extra hard to get the hot-air balloon shop down to the ground.

Nov 12th 2016 at 8:15:44 PM

Does this only apply to video games?

Nov 12th 2016 at 11:46:44 PM

  • In Grand Theft Auto 5 online if you call one of your contacts but do not make use of their services, they will make a coment about you acting weird.

Nov 13th 2016 at 1:16:56 AM

Nov 13th 2016 at 4:53:22 AM

  • Villagers in Minecraft announce their displeasure rather loudly when you just flip through their offerts.
  • Grunt in Mass Effect 2 will be peeved if you decline expending resources for his customised shotgun after you ask him about any prototypes he might have that might help on the mission.

Nov 13th 2016 at 5:59:55 AM

@Mona Naito: Technically it doesn't have to, though I imagine that there would be more video game examples than any others.

Nov 13th 2016 at 6:23:31 AM

  • Variation in Final Fantasy IX: If you summon the moogle on the World Map then send him away without saving, he will say "Don't call me if you don't need me, Kupo!" as he leaves. Do this multiple times, in a row, and he'll start giving more angry/sinister responses.

Nov 14th 2016 at 8:34:39 AM

If you decide not to buy anything in The Legend Of The Mystical Ninja, the shopkeeper gets and angry look and asks you to leave.

Nov 14th 2016 at 7:32:56 PM

The Boys: the comic store owners take sadistic glee in chewing out anyone who goes to their store without buying anything.

Nov 14th 2016 at 10:44:59 PM

  • Dark Souls: all the merchants have several responses to the player leaving without making a purchase, including the first one encountered in the game telling you to go fall off a cliff and calling you a cheap bastard.

Dec 23rd 2016 at 1:41:33 PM

The sequel to Project X Zone has Miyuki Chan give the player a Death Glare along with monotone speech if you don't purchase anything or if you purchase too little at her store.

Dec 23rd 2016 at 7:04:09 PM

This quote from the first Legend of Zelda is a bit of a stretch, but it may work as a quote and image:

Merchant: Buy somethin' will ya!

Dec 27th 2016 at 3:54:54 PM

A few of the shopkeepers in Earthbound:

Twoson deparment store tool shop: Are you here just to say Hi? What a loser!
Summers shop: This place isn't for looky loos. If you're not buying, get out!
Scarbara shop: Why don't you buy something? I've got a family to feed!

Dec 27th 2016 at 11:04:03 PM

^ What's wrong with the current one?

Dec 27th 2016 at 11:16:50 PM

For Hell hath no fury like a Merchant Scorned?

Dec 28th 2016 at 3:36:44 PM

Generally NOT Truth In Television unless the customer is obviously just wasting the merchant/sales staff's time. Even if they can't help this time, they want to customer to remember them as pleasant and helpful in case they are looking for something else in the future the store might be able to supply.

Apr 29th 2017 at 1:39:27 AM

Apr 29th 2017 at 4:24:26 AM

Adding onto the Zelda Example. In Skyward Sword, if you leave Beedle's shop without buying anything. He will activate the trap door to kick you out.

Apr 29th 2017 at 6:01:26 AM

In the fourth Mario Party game, some of the item shopkeepers will lambaste you for passing by the item shop without buying anything. Boo, for instance, will say, "What!? Why did you even come in if you're not going to buy anything!? What a waste of time!"

Apr 29th 2017 at 11:31:59 PM

  • There are some merchants like this in The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, but the most memorable is the armor merchant Grelka from Riften, who has an extremely aggressive manner and gives you a cold shoulder regardless of whether you buy anything from her or not, and even before you ask to see her wares.

May 1st 2017 at 8:40:53 AM

  • Inverted in Kitty Powers Matchmaker: If you set up a date between two customers but cancel it in the last second, the customer will make an annoyed coment.

May 1st 2017 at 8:46:01 AM

If I might suggest an altetnate name, No Window Shopping

Window shopping is absolutely a term people use, and people would be more likely to google this trope. Plus you could probably expand this to non-VG examples.

May 1st 2017 at 12:27:09 PM

In the Animal Crossing series, Crazy Redd is a rather eccentric figure in the black market. However he seems a bit miffed if you were to leave his shop without buying anything.

May 1st 2017 at 2:16:13 PM

Warframe: If the player does not buy anything from him and is not equipped with a Prime item, Baro Ki'Teer will often comment about how the player has something to work towards, implying the items are out of their reach, or recommend Darvo as an alternative, implying that he finds Darvo's merchandise is at a lower tier than his.

May 1st 2017 at 2:23:23 PM

Also compare Shoplift And Die, when punishment is dealt for those trying to get stuff for free.

Sep 14th 2017 at 3:57:05 AM

Is this ready for launch?

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