04 Oct Everything Is Negotiable: Here Are Some Tips
No one has a firm price.
When you shop at a grocery store, you’ll see price tags on every item. Most customers accept that cost when they start the checkout process.
What if you didn’t have to pay what the price tag said?
Coupons are one way to achieve a discount, but you’ll only save a small percentage on individual items. When you learn the art of negotiation, you can apply the savings to your entire bill.
Here are some tips to help get you started.
Best Ways to Get a Better Price When Shopping
1. Challenge everything.
People pay regular prices because they accept the status quo. A successful negotiator understands that a price tag is only a suggestion. If you are assertive when checking out, there’s an excellent chance that you won’t need to pay face value for what you want.
2. Be polite.
Most cashiers are authorized to provide a small discount if they feel like being generous or want a problematic customer to get out of their line. When you want to maximize your savings, politely ask for the manager.
You’ll want to compliment the employee while discussing what you feel is a fair price for your purchase.
3. Be a detective.
If you want to be a successful negotiator, shut your mouth, and start listening. The best at this technique ask probing questions and seek clues to pursue. It helps to ask many open-ended questions to get the information you need about the possibility of a deal.
4. Take your time.
Patience is a virtue when you want to make a deal. If you aim high and expect the best possible outcome, it helps to start from an extreme position. Let’s say that your grocery bill is $300. When you have a manager to speak with, offer to pay $100 instead. Will you get that price? Not likely. What you might get is the maximum discount that can be authorized for an individual purchase like yours, and that figure could be 20% or more. Would it be worthwhile to save $60.00 off of your grocery bill each week?
5. Meet their needs.
The primary reason why negotiations fail is that they are self-centered. Although you want to achieve a discount, the grocery store (or another party) must come away feeling like they got something out of the deal. What if you promise to always shop at that store and nowhere else? What if you could guarantee a specific transaction each week to help the organization’s bottom line?
6. Don’t be offended.
When you are a customer, most negotiations are going to fail. The store knows that you need the items, so they aren’t willing to offer a discount. Instead of being offended, thank the individuals for their time and try again on your next shopping trip.
When you take the approach that everything is negotiable, you have an attitude that there is nothing left to lose. Although it can be scary to ask for lower prices, it is also essential to remember that you have nothing to lose.