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    My latest haggle with Richer Sounds...I got bumped, but maybe I got a bargain, perhaps I could've done better, perhaps I could've done worse!

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    Original Poster

    I picked up a Cambridge Audio Azur 840C CD Player from Richer Sounds, Glasgow on Monday after it got transferred from RS Edinburgh. I knew it was an ex-display model, so I never expected it to be perfect. However, when the guy opened up the box, it had a few scratches, was a bit dusty and I must admit, I was disappointed; but then realised I could use this to get it even cheaper as I hadn't paid for it yet. The negotiations lasted about 30 minutes and went something like this...

    Me: I'm not paying £600 for that.
    RS: Considering its condition, I can do it for £570, but can't go any lower as it's already discounted by £100!
    Me: I'm soooooooooooooooooo disappointed; the most I'd pay is £500.

    We then discover there's no remote, power cable or user manual in the box. RS get a remote, power cable and print a copy of the user manual.

    RS: Ok, I can do it for £545 and give you a £30 CA phono cable for £10.

    The remote turns out to be faulty and RS get one that works, although it's rather scruffy looking.

    Me: I'll do it for £545 and two-thirds off an £80 CA phono cable.
    RS: Can't do it: I can do it for £555 and two-thirds off said £80 cable.
    Me: Let's meet in the middle - £550 and two-thirds off £80 cable.
    RS: Deal!
    Me: [I realise RS forgot to add the £7 P&P from RS Edinburgh and say nothing!]

    I pay and as RS box it up, we discover there WAS a (brand new) Remote in the box!

    RS/Me: Thanks & goodbye.
    Me: I nearly forgot, I'd like £2 to pay my parking fee.
    RS: OK, here you go.
    Me: [I feel like I've just mugged RS, leave before they change their mind and think I'll probably get banned!]

    Like many HUKD members, I'm a bargain hunter at heart and would haggle for just about anything, including sex...just kidding. Basically, I got a £600 CD player and £80 phono cable for £576.26 then saved an extra £7 as they forgot to charge me for sending the 840C from Edinburgh by courier - which is a net saving of £110.74. I've had a few good haggles over the years with Richer Sounds and that's one of them. I love RS!

    I can't haggle,i just pay whatever lol

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    deb8z

    I can't haggle,i just pay whatever lol



    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, that's just pure heresy lol

    EDIT: Just think how many more pairs of shoes you could buy with the savings! X)
    Edited by: "windhoek" 3rd Nov 2010

    You think paying £80 for a phono cable is worth it? LOL

    Credit to the salesman for swinging the deal to include a massive margin item such as a stupid overpriced cable. I bet he was laughing as much as you when you left.

    windhoek

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, that's just pure heresy lol :DEDIT: … Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, that's just pure heresy lol :DEDIT: Just think how many more pairs of shoes you could buy with the savings! X)



    Noooooooooooo i'd be too embarrassed to haggle,i don't know how people do that.

    If the salesman isnt weeping like a girl, you aint done a good haggle.

    Original Poster

    The sales guy was nearly weeping - when he found the brand new remote after I'd paid for it, he looked absolutely devastated!

    Original Poster

    I meat

    ro53ben

    I bet he was laughing as much as you when you left.



    That sounds like a win-win deal!
    Edited by: "windhoek" 3rd Nov 2010

    Original Poster

    Hey Debz, I meant to ask, did you get your Next furniture delivered and P&P refunded?

    Banned

    ro53ben

    You think paying £80 for a phono cable is worth it? LOLCredit to the … You think paying £80 for a phono cable is worth it? LOLCredit to the salesman for swinging the deal to include a massive margin item such as a stupid overpriced cable. I bet he was laughing as much as you when you left.



    Say Hi to your ALBA Hi-Fi for me.

    So you saved 10% on a scratched, ex-display model

    Hardly deal of the century

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    sancho1983

    So you saved 10% on a scratched, ex-display modelHardly deal of the … So you saved 10% on a scratched, ex-display modelHardly deal of the century



    is it really that hard to be happy for the guy?

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    sancho1983

    So you saved 10% on a scratched, ex-display modelHardly deal of the … So you saved 10% on a scratched, ex-display modelHardly deal of the century



    The net saving is nearly 20% which is a lot better than the 'best discount' of 5% he started with.

    If he's happy then I'm happy

    Just putting some perspective on it

    sancho1983

    So you saved 10% on a scratched, ex-display modelHardly deal of the … So you saved 10% on a scratched, ex-display modelHardly deal of the century



    Same thing I was thinking.
    For it to be worthy of writing that all out, I was expecting a mammoth discount.

    ex display anything isnt a deal imo, never know how many scruffy fingered morons have ragged it about in the shop, id rather pay another 100 for a sparkling new one without any scratches!!!

    Original Poster

    Haggling is a skill and regardless of what people think of this particular haggle, I won! Through skilled conversation and intelligence, I got RS to lower their 'Final Price' several times till it reached a point where it was either take the deal or walk away. I know they still made a profit, but for anyone who is critical of RS getting a profit from the deal, I invite you to state the bargains you've had that cost over £500 and the retailer made a loss! At the end of the day, I got an outstanding CD Player and cable for 20% less than advertised and I'm more than satisfied.
    Edited by: "windhoek" 3rd Nov 2010

    As long as youre happy m8 thats all that counts, to me it would seem like im getting a 2nd hand cd player tho!!! would rather pay bit more for brand new

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    kungfu

    ex display anything isnt a deal imo, never know how many scruffy fingered … ex display anything isnt a deal imo, never know how many scruffy fingered morons have ragged it about in the shop, id rather pay another 100 for a sparkling new one without any scratches!!!



    Unfortunately, there weren't any new ones available otherwise I'd have paid £600 no problem. It was already reduced from £699 to £599 because it was ex-display, so I saved £210 all in all.

    windhoek

    so I saved £210 all in all.



    Sorry, but you didn't, unless it was £699 for an ex display model.

    windhoek

    The sales guy was nearly weeping - when he found the brand new remote … The sales guy was nearly weeping - when he found the brand new remote after I'd paid for it, he looked absolutely devastated!



    In that case, Nice one +

    windhoek

    Unfortunately, there weren't any new ones available otherwise I'd have … Unfortunately, there weren't any new ones available otherwise I'd have paid £600 no problem. It was already reduced from £699 to £599 because it was ex-display, so I saved £210 all in all.



    So you bought a discontinued ex-display model then?

    ro53ben

    You think paying £80 for a phono cable is worth it? LOLCredit to the … You think paying £80 for a phono cable is worth it? LOLCredit to the salesman for swinging the deal to include a massive margin item such as a stupid overpriced cable. I bet he was laughing as much as you when you left.


    You clearly know nothing about analogue signal transmission/processing

    windhoek

    Hey Debz, I meant to ask, did you get your Next furniture delivered and … Hey Debz, I meant to ask, did you get your Next furniture delivered and P&P refunded?



    Yes i did thanks,i was only charged the item price,i might buy some other items in the range,i really like it (_;)

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    Personally I love Richer Sounds. TV broke out of guarantee, and the operations director (who posts on HUKD!) sorted things with the local branch to test it...came back dead, but it was an old model, so I got a brand new better spec unit.

    Superb customer services, as found in this thread really lets be fair - you got the deal you wanted.

    megalomaniac

    You clearly know nothing about analogue signal transmission/processing



    Perhaps more than you know about Double Blind testing and Snake Oil.

    ro53ben

    Perhaps more than you know about Double Blind testing and Snake Oil.


    I would be pretty certain that's not the case, I mean come on Snake Oil, it's 2010 surely you mean $100 HDMI cables

    u're a bloke......i thought u were a lady!

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