For most of my life, I’ve been a pretty horrible at bargaining and asking for price reductions…I’m not a rock-the-boat sort of person, and I’m not very bold either, which means I’m usually stuck just paying the asking price whenever I buy something. However, after reading posts on other frugal blogs about bargaining, I’ve screwed up the courage to ask for a lower price several times.
My husband and I bought this clock last month(you may have noticed it in the furniture pictures). I’ve been really wanting one to go over my piano for a while, and we found one on a good sale. When we got to checkout, though, I noticed that the inside of the frame was a little bent. It wasn’t terribly noticeable, and it was the only one they had, so I asked if they would mark it down, and sure enough, they took 15% off! Yay!
Then when I was buying the matching nightstands from Goodwill, I noticed that the drawer on one of them wasn’t working all that well. I was pretty sure I could fix the problem, but I showed the employee and asked if there was any way he could reduce the price. Without any argument he gave me $5 off! So, I only paid $15 for that nightstand(and I had a 10% off coupon for the other one, so I paid $15 for one and $18 for the other).
Finally, last week, I was at Goodwill and found a dress I liked. It’s a Charlotte Russe brand and it was marked at $6.50. However, a small bit of the neck seam was coming apart just a bit(an easy fix), and so when I went to check out, I screwed up the courage to ask if they would take $5 for it. Lo and behold, they did!
I actually wore it with black tights and boots(it looks better that way, I think), but I forgot to take a picture with those on.
So, who knew? I’m braver than I thought. Wonders never cease.