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How to get a better shopping deal

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#1 by valerie » Mon Nov 30, 2015 00:21

During these types of holidays in which one day runs into another type of deal, prices
can differ dramatically.

For example, Pre-Black Friday a price of a tv is $400. The same tv on Black Friday is $389. The same tv is $345 on Cyber Monday. You ordered the tv for $400 on Pre-Black Friday. You're kicking yourself because you wish you had
waited til Cyber Monday to order the tv.

IF the item has not shipped, contact the company and ask for a refund on the price difference.
Let them know the item has not shipped or had not shipped when the best price was introduced.

What if the item has shipped?

Contact the company anyway. Let them know you have not received the item and want the
refund difference of the lowest price.

Most companies/stores will in fact give a refund to the better price. Not always and not all
companies but many do, especially if the item has not shipped. Usually if an item has not
shipped, you can cancel the item. Upon canceling the item, you can then add the item again
at its lower price. The companies/stores know that and as a norm, they will give you the
lowest price and refund the difference.
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#2 by BouldRake » Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:11

The best way to get a deal shopping is simply to take an Indian with you. It's not so much that they're good at barter, it's more that we're terrible at it. Even a crap Indian shopper will run rings around a good UK/US shop keeper. I save all my major purchases for when my mate's aunt visits from Punjab.

If you don't have access to an Indian, an alternative method is to go live in India for a bit - it's a culture thing, not a race thing, so you can learn to do it yourself over a few years.

If you can't do either of those, shopkeepers are just as bad at it as you are, so "The price tag says $whatever, but what is it for cash?" and about three quarters of all shop keeps will have offered you a discount before they even realised what happened. Note this doesn't work in large stores, as you need to be talking to someone with decision making authority. If you have to send someone to get their manager, they've got time to compose themselves, and this only works because it abuses gut instincts.
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#3 by proadco » Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:23

Better deals is to wait after 25 December

That's when retailers has to unload inventory before the new year comes in.
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#4 by valerie » Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:45

ProAdCo wrote: Better deals is to wait after 25 December

That's when retailers has to unload inventory before the new year comes in.

Yep, some times you can get some better deals on items, after Christmas.
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