Today we have a guest post from reader WilliamB. Enjoy!
The Frugal Girl has, more than once, told us how some online research and buying parts has saved her money. Here’s another example. (I’m not a funny or pithy poster but maybe someday…)
Part the First:
Last week I bought a VCR/DVR to dup some videos onto DVD. After much back-and-forthing at the store it was established that
- the store had only one model of VCR/DVR in stock
- the floor model was the only one the store had
- the store no longer stocks that model
- the store lost the manual and couldn’t print it out for me
- the store lost the remote
- I could return the machine for any reason.
I used these negative characteristics to negotiate a 40% discount off the original price of $160. I also opened a store account to get an additional 10% off anything bought that first day.
Then I set about finding a remote because despite the “record” buttons on the machine, it can’t record a DVD without the remote. All the used ones I found priced out to about $20 including shipping. That was more than I had in mind but still covered by the discount.
Then my friend suggested I call the manufacturer.
D’oh! Why didn’t I think of that?
The rep told me they could sell me one, $18 including shipping. Well, at least it was new. Then she asked the magic question:
“When did you buy your machine?”
“Then it’s still under warranty. We’ll send you the remote for free.”
“You remember that I told you I know it didn’t have a remote, and got a discount for that?” (because it’s not worth mortgaging my soul for an $18 remote)
So my new $160 machine will cost me $86.
Part the Second:
At the same time I bought a 22″ LED TV with lots of inputs (Mr. FG would know what I meant) to use as a combined TV & computer monitor for $239. The next day I saw the same item advertised at another store for $180.
Price match time! Another $59 for me.
Because of the way the store processes price matches I don’t know how the first day discount from my store account opening will play out. They’ll charge something between $180 for the TV (no discount because the TV was processed as returned) and $156 (price minus discount, minus price differential). From a moral perspective it should be 10% off $180 = $162. If necessary I will argue with company for $162 – I shouldn’t be penalized for how the store processes price matches.
Part The Summation:
By doing about an hour of extra work I saved $151, or 38% of the upfront price. Even if I have to spend another hour arguing with the credit card company (which I’ll do because that’s the sort of ornery cuss I am) it’ll be $75/hr. Score!
Today’s 365 post: Mint is a persistent little bugger.
Joshua’s 365 post: Phew!