How much does it cost?
My wife thinks I am cheap. She even makes fun of me saying that my motto is this:
Prices are not that bad if you don’t buy anything
Maybe she’s right, because I don’t like to spend money. Don’t get me wrong, I am a boy and I LIKE boyish stuff.
I like motorcycles. I like guns. I like gadgets. I have one motorcycle, two firearms and tons of gadgets.*
But every time when I buy something I feel an emotional pain, because I don’t like to spend that kind of money on stuff. OK, I have to confess, “that kind of money” for me is $20 and more. I know, I know…
I can’t say I am a hog, “Honey, am I?” But for some reasons I resist to pay the full declared price if a purchase costs us at least $50.
Are There Any Discounts?
“Cultures are different” © Captain Obvious
In some cultures you are expected to ask for discount, it’s normal buying routine for people, for example, in Turkey, Emirates and other Middle East countries.
But for some weird reasons in western culture people are afraid to do so. They think it’s an inappropriate thing to do, it is sort of disrespectful attitude to the seller. When I asked my wife why she doesn’t ask for discount, she told me that she would feel uncomfortable.
I created a poll in my twitter and ask if people ask for discount and the results shocked me. Almost 60% don’t ask for discount, 6 out of 10 people
When you shop do you ask for discount?
— The Friendly Russian (@RussianFriendly) July 6, 2017
People are afraid to be called “cheap”.
While in some countries you might be called hmm… let’s say “unwise” if you don’t negotiate price, in America we’re afraid to be called “cheap” for doing wise things. And nobody wants to be called “cheap”. I don’t.
To mimic comfort zone when we talk about discounts, bargains, negotiations, we let’s don’t use this c-word. Let’s use WISE instead. And let’s be counter-cultural and don’t be afraid to get a great deal. Which we all want. And there are some techniques to do so which I’m going to share with you.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve got 5-10% discount on certain products (even at groceries stores) just by asking one simple question, “Are there any discounts?”
It could be my Russian accent though, and a cashier just afraid to say NO, but I don’t think so 🙂
Of course, sometimes I get “No” as an answer, very polite but still “No”. I am totally fine with it, sometimes the store might not have any bargains at the time,
or a cashier was just brave enough Continue reading