What I was emphasizing in that first post was that an agent can not defy market forces. If prices are down and the market is a bear which is the case for most of Westchester homes for sale, then even the most stellar agent will NOT be able to get you a 2006 price in 2011. The notion that the "right agent" will get the seller "their price" is a fallacy which dies a slow hard death for many sellers.
One agent is as good as another, so if one doesn't "perform" then we just move on to the next. Commoditization of the work force seems to be the order of the day - so it is somewhat natural that buyers and sellers would treat real estate agents the same way.
Small Business Saturday had its debut last year. But they are upping the publicity and ante this year....White Plains NY has quite a few big-box stores, but there are also many local merchants that are open for business on Saturday and have a great deal to offer beyond the same-old, same-old.