Most of us shy way from the idea of negotiating because we think it means coming off as a bit pushy, but you can still get a better deal by simply asking a question. Not only does asking for a discount save you money, but you can do so without enforcing the “traditional” negotiating tactics. Here are five questions you can ask that could help you get a better price.
Source: stylist.co.ukEven with all the technological advances, payment apps and hundreds of credit cards to pay with, nothing is a stronger negotiating tactic than cash. Ask the dealer or sales rep if they will take $X right now if you pay the entire amount in cash. You may not the get the exact dollar amount you asked for, but most of the time they will consider this as they would rather have the cash up-front and paid in full.
Source: thebalance.comBelieve it or not, a lot of expired coupons are still valid. Or at the very least the manager might be able to give the discount mentioned on the coupon even if it doesn’t scan properly. Instead of throwing away that expired coupon, take it with you on your next store visit and ask the manager if they will accept it.
Source: money.usnews.comA lot of restaurants, and retail shops, offer discounts for seniors or the military that aren’t advertised publicly. Before finalizing your purchase, ask what kind of specials are available, or if you qualify for a lower price -- such as a student discount from Amazon, FedEx, Best Buy, Pottery Barn, and ASOS. Another lesser known discount is the family and friends deal where you could get a percentage off your purchase, or a few additional perks for being a family member.
Source: billionautogroup.comWhen dealing with small business owners and local stores, they want to keep you as a customer, so they’re usually willing to offer discounts. Ask if this is the best they can do, or if this is the final price. If they aren’t able to lower the price, then try walking away to see if that nudges them a bit more to work with you on a better price.
Source: businesslounge.net.auWhen it comes to subscriptions and other household bills, you can almost always get a better deal. However, if you’ve already asked these other questions and haven’t made much progress, try threatening to cancel your service. This isn’t a tactic you should use all the time, because you could end up with cancelled service and have to find a new provider. But when it works it can be very effective.
Taking the time to ask these questions could potentially help you save hundreds of dollars a year. What could it hurt?