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  Reply # 733196 16-Dec-2012 17:25
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I am not keen on haggling, I just buy everything from Amazon. The 3M hooks I bought were a steal compared to what Bunnings would sell me.

For computers, stick with products that never get discounted (or rarely) like apple products - sure you can get away with extended warranty or a case etc but generally it minimises the cognitive dissonance aspect

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  Reply # 733554 17-Dec-2012 13:20
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Not a tip but I went into HN earlier, saw the Laptop I wanted and mentioned that Dick Smith has it for the same price, can you offer me any further discount. The guy said he can sell me an accessory for half price. Sorry but if im paying $1500 for an item I expect the accessory to be free, plus not just one accessory. Maybe $1500 isnt too much money these days, but to me it is quite a lot. He didnt even offer a discount in price.

They obviously arent struggling for business as much as they say they are.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 733560 17-Dec-2012 13:26
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Finch: Not a tip but I went into HN earlier, saw the Laptop I wanted and mentioned that Dick Smith has it for the same price, can you offer me any further discount. The guy said he can sell me an accessory for half price. Sorry but if im paying $1500 for an item I expect the accessory to be free, plus not just one accessory. Maybe $1500 isnt too much money these days, but to me it is quite a lot. He didnt even offer a discount in price.

They obviously arent struggling for business as much as they say they are.


Laptops are very low-margin products, this is probably why.  It all comes down to margins.

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  Reply # 733769 17-Dec-2012 17:55
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ubergeeknz:
Finch: Not a tip but I went into HN earlier, saw the Laptop I wanted and mentioned that Dick Smith has it for the same price, can you offer me any further discount. The guy said he can sell me an accessory for half price. Sorry but if im paying $1500 for an item I expect the accessory to be free, plus not just one accessory. Maybe $1500 isnt too much money these days, but to me it is quite a lot. He didnt even offer a discount in price.

They obviously arent struggling for business as much as they say they are.


Laptops are very low-margin products, this is probably why.  It all comes down to margins.


Fair enough I guess. But that fact they couldn't offer me an accessory for free is probably what got me the most.

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  Reply # 733778 17-Dec-2012 18:03
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Finch:
ubergeeknz:
Finch: Not a tip but I went into HN earlier, saw the Laptop I wanted and mentioned that Dick Smith has it for the same price, can you offer me any further discount. The guy said he can sell me an accessory for half price. Sorry but if im paying $1500 for an item I expect the accessory to be free, plus not just one accessory. Maybe $1500 isnt too much money these days, but to me it is quite a lot. He didnt even offer a discount in price.

They obviously arent struggling for business as much as they say they are.


Laptops are very low-margin products, this is probably why.  It all comes down to margins.


Fair enough I guess. But that fact they couldn't offer me an accessory for free is probably what got me the most.


Retailers do have an aversion to making a loss on products you know ;) 
Seriously, the discount they offered may well have been their cost price. Free to you isn't free to them and, depending on how they organise their stock, they may have been unable to set off the costs of one against the other. 



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  Reply # 733985 17-Dec-2012 22:46
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Finch: Not a tip but I went into HN earlier, saw the Laptop I wanted and mentioned that Dick Smith has it for the same price, can you offer me any further discount. The guy said he can sell me an accessory for half price. Sorry but if im paying $1500 for an item I expect the accessory to be free, plus not just one accessory. Maybe $1500 isnt too much money these days, but to me it is quite a lot. He didnt even offer a discount in price.

They obviously arent struggling for business as much as they say they are.


As said, laptops are VERY low-margin products, if there is any discount at all, and fairly often even without one, it will be sold at below cost. "Attachments" or accessories are where the margins exist. The same goes for most TVs



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  Reply # 735551 20-Dec-2012 14:55
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My purchasing, and haggling process:

1) Identify the product .

2) Do as much price research online as possible, note down the RRP, and lowest prices, and stores selling.

3) Wait a few weeks (if possible) - this is to identify sales and pricing trends (if any) on said product. Keep a record on prices. This gives you an idea of how low prices can go.

4) Pop into stores now and then and check for in-store only / non-advertised specials. Go through your junk mail and check out advertised prices.

5) Purchase time - armed with knowledge on the lowest price, head to your most convenient store and say something along the lines of "Store X has this for sale at $x, are you able to beat that?".....The sales guy will usually head to a terminal to check....While they are doing so, idly mention "I like to support my local stores"....If the sales person says they can't beat the price, but can match it, it's probably a good idea to go ahead with the purchase, knowing that you're getting the best deal in town. If they beat the price, then say thanks and smile.


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