Science to negotiating stores to honor prices/price matches?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mixedmajik, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. mixedmajik

    mixedmajik Senior member

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    Hey,

    Just wondering how you guys think this is most effectively done from experience? I ask now because there are some clark's in nearby store for 160 (live in canada) and there is a different Canadian online-only store I found selling the same clark desert boots for 85 dollars. Since I do like to try on many different versions of the same size shoe before picking one that feels best + I don't know how consistent sizing is for clark's, is there a way I can get this store to honor the price i saw online? What strategies do you guys use short of saying something is a ripoff to get better prices when being in the situation i'm in?

    I'm more concerned with the said shoes in question at the moment but I guess this applies in general since i know many people seem to bartre amazing deals for glasses and other stuff out there. Talking about small purchase bartreing here (the "sub-700" for most and sub 200 for me haha) because honestly stories about bartreing for cars are not really impressive since it is expected you can get a car for a couple thousand off. Let me know what you guys do :)!

    Currently i've contemplated printing out the price of the page i saw these shoes and bringing that in the store to show them and then tell them they can check for themselves if they don't believe me...followed by the harsh walkout (which really just means dejection and poor bartreing skills which I want to avoid). Thanks all.
     
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  2. Grenadier

    Grenadier Senior member

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    I suspect that the brick and mortar store is unlikely to honor the online price, which is roughly half of the brick and mortar store's price, leading me to suspect that you found the price from some discount website. You might get a little discount, but asking for a discount (especially a steep one) when there isn't a sale going on is a bit déclassé at a clothing store.
     


  3. mixedmajik

    mixedmajik Senior member

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    Honestly i think clark db's are supposed to cost 90 dollars. 160 is a ridiculous asking price. However i see what you mean. Probably not a good look to batre for a 50% discount haha
     


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    CTBrummie Senior member

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    Do they have a stated price matching policy? If not, they're not obliged to 'honour' anything at all, are they?
     


  5. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

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    Do not forget that a B&M store has overheads (staff, stock, utilities, rent, insurance) that are orders of magnitude higher than an online store. They are unlikely to match an online price because it would cost them money to do so. They would rather lose the sale than subsidise your shoes.
     


  6. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    I always haggle for a lower price. I usually expect to pay around 30-40% less than the tag or displayed prices.
     
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  7. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    You like the convenience of shopping nearby so you can talk to a salesperson, try on various sizes, and you probably don't want to wait for them to be processed/shipped to you. This is part of the price you're paying at the local place. The online store can save the money on all of these expensive and time consuming add-ons.

    It's perfectly acceptable to look only at price, but as soon as you start to ask for anything more than just the shoes (service, selection, location, etc.), you can expect the price to go up.
     


  8. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

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    If memory serves you currently live in a more barter-friendly environment. I'm not sure Canadian shops at quite set up to work as such.

     


  9. GBR

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    But that is in China.
     


  10. Ich_Dien

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    I've found you can sometimes get them to move on price in this country if you're friendly. However, that extra comes from there being overheads and members of staff willing to help you to get a perfect fit on the shoes - it's probably worth paying in the long run if you really like them, then you can buy online in the future.
     
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