The first thing I learned in the corporate world is that only mom and pop shops pay list price for anything. Large businesses prefer other large customers and suppliers with predictable, long-term contracts.
This is worth expanding upon, briefly.
Mises’ argument against socialism applies to a corporatist world as well (conservatives and fascists alike, please take note). To summarize briefly, the problem with economic calculation in the socialist commonwealth is price setting. Prices are a flow of self-regulating information between supply and demand. If prices are set by a central authority, the communication between raw material suppliers, machine builders, and consumers is interrupted. This results in chaotic overproduction, underproduction, and so forth, which is only a good thing if you’re a globalist ideologue slash chaos magician.
Price entropy is the idea where different prices are offered to different people, and sometimes different prices are even offered to the same person (in the case of corporate schizophrenia, aka Scott Adams’ “confusopoly“). The result, as before, is that it is difficult to know how much anything is actually worth in comparison with everything else. This occurs in small ways with the common practice of haggling (as is popular among social competitors and nonwhites), and in very large ways with the practice of corporate favoritism and renegotiation of multiple contracts. Social competitors love the feeling of getting a good deal, and it’s this force of behavioral economics that drives mothers to shop around and clip coupons, homeowners to refinance their mortgages, and salesmen to refuse to talk about price when closing a sale.
I won’t go so far as to condemn any of these practices like Kant would, because we have to live in the world as it is, but I will condemn the entropy it produces en masse as analogous to the phenomenon of good money driving out bad. And I believe this is the source of the white man’s distaste for haggling—he would rather everyone just say yes or no, and be done with it.