You have heard the phrase that there is no such thing as a stupid question. No witty pun here — that is the truth! According to a 2013 Consumer Reports study, 48% of people ask for a bargain when shopping for regular items. Why isn’t this number higher? A whopping 89% of the negotiators claim they received a better deal at least once. This just goes to show that you have the right to bargain for your purchases, even for common goods. You may feel embarrassed or assume it is not your place to ask for a lower price. You shouldn’t feel self-conscious because you never know what the desired outcome may be unless you ask. Ed Brodow, author of “Negotiation Boot Camp: How to Resolve Conflict, Satisfy Customers, and Make Better Deals,” claims that bargaining does intimidate most people: “People are either afraid to ask for a better deal or are convinced it can’t happen,” he says. “They become their own worst enemy if they don’t try. You have to have the ‘negotiation consciousness’: [the willingness] to challenge everything, be assertive and say, ‘This is too much,’ or ‘This is not reasonable,’ or ‘Can you help me out?’” Brodow writes. Check out these 5 common items you can actually bargain for!
Appliances And Electronics
Appliances are essential for every household. They can get pricey, but you should ask about floor models, returns, and overstock goods the next time you need a refrigerator or washer and dryer. Electronics are also big ticket items, but you will be shocked to discover how cheap you can get a good television or stereo equipment if you know what to say.
Kyle James is the owner and founder of Rather-Be-Shopping.com, a discount seeking site for store managers who want to get rid of extra stock. “Store managers typically want them sold immediately, so they don’t take up valuable real estate,” he says. “These items will typically be marked with a special tag. Start the negotiating at 20% off the asking price and be prepared to meet in the middle,” James added. Do not forget to ask for something completely free like a warranty or delivery service. The right salesperson will have a surprising answer.