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March 06, 2008


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I'm a big believer in this approach, and it's saved me thousands of dollars in the last few months. I recently purchased a high-end home theater system, including a very large plasma TV. The initial written price quote with professional installation started out at nearly $10,000. By the time I was done, the price was down to about $7000, and they threw in extended service warranties at no additional charge and offered me 36 months without interest. I pursued a similar strategy on a high-end exercise bike.

Seeking a discount doesn't work for everything, of course. But it can work wonders for many items and it doesn't need to be an unpleasant process. I've successfully used some of the following comments to obtain significant discounts:

Do you offer any discounts or specials on this?

I really like this _______, but the price is significantly more than I've budgeted. Is there any flexibility on the price?

I'd be willing to buy this _______ right now, today, if the price were lower.

Go out there at get the good deals you deserve!

My new favorite words are:

"Can you do better than that?"

The answer is usually yes.

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