When negotiating with a company's HR representative, I was asked for a 10k range which I would consider reasonable. I answered $X to $X+10K.
They replied with an offer which of $X-5K. I posed a question on here on how to counter. I got comments suggesting that I shouldn't ask above my minimum of the 10k range (i.e., $X) because it was not in good faith and shouldn't ask for more money.
This doesn't make sense to me. If I am going to give a 10k range then the entire range should be considered for the offer, and it should be reasonable to counter with more than the minimum.
My question is what is the point of the HR rep asking me for my acceptable salary range, if they then proceed to low ball me? Additionally, why have some on workplace.stackexchange said that I should be happy with $X and not somewhere between $X and X+10k? Is there something wrong with countering with an amount that lies within my initial range?