Haggling - any success stories

I have cash and need a fridge freezer. The likes of Dom Littlewood bang on about how you should haggle within a penny of a traders profit margin, but what can one expect to get from the likes of Comet / Currys.

I once attempted haggling with a car showroom and got some mats; Littlewood managed to get mats, petrol, £100's off the price, CD player, expensive paint protection etc.

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I keep my money in a bank.

Bear in mind he has a camera crew with him, chances are the companies think it is good PR to offer some sort of discount.

Banned

got 15k off my house

Just collected my new car from the showroom this evening,car was already discounted over 3.5k but managed to get another £550 off, plus mats,flaps and a twice discounted service plan.
Reference freezer,is this to replace a broken one? if so i would be expecting a discount and free removal of old freezer and free delivery of new one.Depends on price of freezer you had in mind but can def haggle with currys although you may have to go through a few sales people,end of month is best in these places as they try harder to reach sales targets.

Edited by: "Bully" 28th Feb 2011

clearance/ex display/dents/missing parts blah blah

comet

Currys employees don't care about sales targets, they get bonus on MARGIN TARGET. so the only way you'll get discount from them is by buying something that makes money.
the Whatever Happens warranty is about your only option on white goods.
offer to buy a 3 or 5 yr if they'll knock money off.
but the monthly DD is the more profitable option

OP, if youre lucky you might get a free ice cube tray.

Currys, Comet and the like have about 1% discount to play with, which is usually used to give you money off to persuade you to buy insurance!! - 2 ways of doing what you need to do.

Find a local/wholesaler who is selling the sort of item you need, and see if they will do you a cash deal, but some times the big boys are way cheaper anyway so there is not much point.

Other way is to go to currys with the product in mind, and ask for a few months warranty free and you will sign up with your DD details, when you do this, they will discount the product a little, then when you leave, cancel the DD and ring the warranty company up and they will refund a payment instantly if you say you do not need the warranty.

the last time we replaced our washing machine ( was about 3 years ago now ) i stood and haggled with the sales dude and made him go and get the manager, i had the cash in my hand waiting to buy one and ended up with 10% discount on it which i didn't think was too bad, that was from comet.
It is worth trying to haggle but it's also worth doing a little bit of research first, see what the product your after costs online, in another store etc, it gives you grounds for saying " well i can get this same freezer from..... for £..... so i'm looking for a better deal ".

have fun haggling.

To be honest, the sales people need to be in the right mood to do any sort of discount, when I was working for DSG I remember some guy came in saying he wanted a £1000 laptop, what will I give him for free, when I said nothing he was not happy. What people dont realise is there is about 8-10% profit in laptops and computers etc.

aircanman

To be honest, the sales people need to be in the right mood to do any … To be honest, the sales people need to be in the right mood to do any sort of discount, when I was working for DSG I remember some guy came in saying he wanted a £1000 laptop, what will I give him for free, when I said nothing he was not happy. What people dont realise is there is about 8-10% profit in laptops and computers etc.



i get that every day no matter what the price of the laptop or TV.
but our backwards little town hasnt realised there is no profit in the main item.

I did get free delivery when I bought a fridge freezer from Comet but then when it was delivered the chaps must have walked through a bog and left a trail of muddy footprints through my lounge and into the kitchen!!!
They asked me to sign their form to say they had not damaged anything on delivery but I said I couldn't really as they had made such a huge mess so they contacted Comet themselves and then I had to call them and send them a quote for carpet cleaning and they sent me £170! Pretty good customer service really considering the fridge freezer was only £250.
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