Tuesday, December 29, 2009

bargain hunting

There was a flyer for a wireless temperature gadget that I fell in love with the first time I saw it at Grumpzilla's house. It looks like this: link

So when the Crappy Tire Flyer showed it on sale, I was quite excited.


I went to the store and promptly found out that the $9.99 advertised price wasn't for the product in the picture. Instead, it was for a much crappier version that I didn't want. Somehow Crappy Tires had screwed up their own advert.

I told them that I was willing to pay for the more expensive product (the one I actually wanted) but not at full price. I think I used the term "price adjustment."

I offered to pay $16 for the nicer thermometer, "Oscar Outlook" - which was actually $32.xx on their shelf, but more importantly, I was offering them more than the $9.99 I was willing to pay from the start.

He checked the computers and said his best price was $24.xx - which was the lowest
"on sale" price they had. After a bit of thought, I said, "I want the product, but I couldn't pay more than $20."

He again said no. "The guy who OKs these price changes also writes my cheques."

I pulled my ace in the hole. "Look, the wife won't let me buy it at $24. She already balked at the $9.99 price to begin with and I had to talk her into that. I can still sell it to her for $20. Anymore than that and she'll just say 'no'. $20 plus tax is close to $24 anyway. It'll be like I bought it at $24, but no tax."

He thought about it, and wrote down $20 on the rain check slip.

I can't believe I haggled at Crappy Tires (Canadian national hardware store) and won!

Oh, Grumpzilla? They paid $15 for theirs at Crappy Tires - in Calgary, and they have lower tax.

Burns.

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