September 21, 2017

How to Use Your Smartphone to Ask for a Discount in Store

A smartphone is your best friend when it comes to getting a discount in store.

Using your smartphone to research prices and find cheaper deals is the easiest way to get a discount and save money.

When it’s time to update your TV or get a bigger refrigerator you can save hundreds of dollars by asking for a discount. But, no self-respecting salesperson is going to give you one, unless they feel like they absolutely must do so to close the deal.

Using your smartphone to research prices and find cheaper deals is the easiest way to get a discount and save money. Here’s how to use your smartphone to get a discount in store.

Get a price guide

Do a quick internet search for the product you are looking to buy. This will give you a rough price guide and where else it retails.

Find previous sale prices

Everything goes on sale; it’s just a matter of when. You can use camelcamelcamel.com to search price charts and find the lowest price a product has ever sold for. If you can’t find your product, use a calculator to work out what a 30% discount would be and use that as a guide.

Check competitor prices

Pretty much every store will price match with a competitor. Check the price at one or two of the store’s main competitors, preferably ones that are close by. For small electronics, you should definitely look up the price on Ebay or Amazon.

Remember, you must compare the same product. Search for the model number instead of generic names as you might end up finding a different version. Also be careful with overseas results; the prices and models can be different from the ones in Australia.

Saving time

Now that you have done your research, you’re ready to ask for a discount.

All you have to say is:

“Hey. I want to buy this … (TV, etc.), but it’s only $…  at ABC Pty. Ltd. (competitor) down the road. If you can beat their price and I’ll buy it right now.”

You should be ready to buy it on the spot. The quicker the deal is done, the less time the salesperson spends with you. This gives them more time to sell to someone else. Make it obvious that you know what you want and a quick close will have you handing over your money.

You might be able to bluff a competitor price, but having an advertised price will give you a solid bargaining tool. Salespeople know their margins, and what competitors can afford to sell something for, so don’t be unrealistic with your offer.

Try these tips next time you are buying something in store. Instead of just watching cat videos, use your smartphone to help you ask for a discount and save more.

About the author  ⁄ Marxa Dillan

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