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schoenbauer

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Negotiating prices when buying electronics
« on: January 21, 2015, 05:12:15 AM »
Dear folks,

I'm going to buy a laptop online which has been on display in a shop where customers were allowed to use it and try its functionality. It is about $600 (new and unused it would be about $750). The seller offers the model twice. I just send him a message if he can do something about the price and drop it a little. Now I'm curiously waiting for his reply.

So I was wondering: are you doing the same? What are your best strategies when negotiating prices? How often are you doing it? Do you only negotiate stuff beyond a certain amount of dollars? What has been your greatest negotiating success so far?

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Re: Negotiating prices when buying electronics
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2015, 06:25:06 AM »
I'm curious to see how this works out, as I've never tried to negotiate online before - only in person.  Some times I just ask "what can we do to lower the price."  For something like a laptop, you might lower the price by committing to it, i.e. agreeing to "no return" for the lower price.  This takes some risk off the table for the seller, and I've had good success with it.
When dealing in person, offering cash-in-hand is also a powerful negotiating tool.

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Re: Negotiating prices when buying electronics
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2015, 06:57:16 AM »
ha, the guy just replied and offered $40 discount! yeah!

but i think the sale wont go via ebay, so it's basically just avoiding the ebay fees and the seller will still get the anticipated amount of money...
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Re: Negotiating prices when buying electronics
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2015, 07:54:12 AM »
Don't ask for a discount, offer a price. That always works better when negotiating. If you ask for a generic discount, the seller may offer one, but it will never be his/her best price.

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Re: Negotiating prices when buying electronics
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2015, 09:36:26 AM »
Don't ask for a discount, offer a price. That always works better when negotiating. If you ask for a generic discount, the seller may offer one, but it will never be his/her best price.

I'd say the opposite - ask them to name a price first, then negotiate it lower.  If you offer a price first and they take it or negotiate up, they may have been willing to go lower.
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Re: Negotiating prices when buying electronics
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2015, 11:51:46 AM »
Don't ask for a discount, offer a price. That always works better when negotiating. If you ask for a generic discount, the seller may offer one, but it will never be his/her best price.

I'd say the opposite - ask them to name a price first, then negotiate it lower.  If you offer a price first and they take it or negotiate up, they may have been willing to go lower.

Totally agree. Also, it gives you an idea of where their negotiating range is, which may be much wider or much more narrow than you might have expected.

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Re: Negotiating prices when buying electronics
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2015, 12:04:27 PM »
thanks for your thoughts. in general i'd rather agree with arebelspy. anyhow, the deal is made and im happy that i "dared" to ask. was my first time negotiating something in this price range :P