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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ScribbleSomething, Jul 3, 2019.
How stuff is bought and sold... The bitter realities...
They advertise it that way I think because of sales agreements with the manufacturers. Everytime I buy from them I just ask for the 15% (or whatever) and they give it to me.
Do they honor it that way at in-store visits only?
I usually just order online and it won't apply the discount to items on the exempt list.
When I was a kid I worked at a small corner store. We had these small cans of mandarin oranges that had been there forever. I asked the owner of the store if I should throw them out. He asked how much was each can. I said .49 cents, he said stack them up on the counter and mark them 3 for $1.99. In a week they were all gone.
You know it's legitimate when you get an email that says YOU are entitled to a special one day only fifteen percent off deal on a wringer washing machine.
I have been a tight azz for most of my life and know the prices of anything I want to purchase.
I always seek the lowest price globally since the internet became a thing. I've walked away from plenty of local sales due to the prices being over what I can get it some place else. The stores are all corporation owned so I feel no obligation to be a loyal customer.
Thee are list prices, minimum advertised prices, and coupons with fine print telling you that certain brands are excluded. Then there's the price you negotiate. I bought a Breville cappuccino last week where the only way to get a discount on it, list price $749 down to a marked price of $499, the same everywhere, was to open a Williams Sonoma store credit line on the spot and get 25% off for the day on anything purchased. There's a music retailer near me that has posted prices and if you're seriously considering buying, you don't have to haggle, they offer you a very fair price at the outset. I don't believe that applies to sales off their web site unless maybe you call to negotiate. At that same store I was given a discount on a Mogami gold cable at the register without asking. No way that happens at the GC or SA near me. Stores have their sales and marketing policies. You're free to negotiate or not. It's far worse with auto sales. Some manufacturers are trying to force out dealers and follow the Tesla model. Don't buy or lease a BMW or Benz on line. The web sites are fleecing stations. And some dealers compete on service as well as price. I wish more guitar stores had service departments good enough to make you want to shop there.
You have to call GC on the phone and ask for it. They are always very nice about it.
One of the harshest lessons I learned upon entering the job market is that "ethics" is not what's right or wrong, but rather what you can get away with.
Capitalism is beautiful
More like a lycology
I have been in business for over 40 years.
When I first started out, ethics was more the rule than the exception. Now it’s the complete opposite.