This just popped into my head lately when I was thinking about my shopping behaviours. I had actually purchased a pair of shoes a long time ago, and they happened to be the LAST PAIR on the SALE rack and already discounted $10 off, but looking a bit scruffy.
This was amazing for 3 reasons:
- It was a size 7.5 and I NEVER find shoes in my perfect size 7.5 (my feet can’t be a simple 7 or 8).
- I never find anything in THAT size, let alone on sale
- Every other store I had checked in the past 2 weeks was not only sold out in my size, but they were selling the shoe at full retail price because they knew that customers were still paying $$
Still. It was on a sale rack, and looking a bit dirty.
Shoes in question were the ones in the middle with the flowers, made in Italy by Miss Sixty
What’s the harm in asking for a further discount?
(I do this a lot on sale items because things don’t go on sale unless they want to get rid of them, and have been having a hell of a time doing so.)
So I walked up to the counter, and very politely asked that since they were the last pair on the table, and kind of dirty from being the last pair, if I could get a further discount.
At this point I was only expecting 10%. Honestly, that’s the best anyone can hope for, and it’s still better than 0%.
The guy looks at me, looks back at the shoes and says:
Yeah they were on that table right? I can do 30%.
I squealed like a schoolgirl inside, but kept a strict facade on the outside.
That my friends, is why it doesn’t hurt to ask (politely) for a discount (also.. I will acknowledge that maybe it also doesn’t hurt to be a girl asking a guy. :))
Some people might say:
Wow that just makes you or someone who does that, look like they are REALLY poor or REALLY cheap.
*shrug* So what?
I saved 30%.
Money is more important that false pride.
I spent money on the shoes I was planning on buying ANYWAY, and I got to save an additional 30% off the discounted price to boot.
I’d rather let you think I’m poor and struggling than rich if it saves me money (in an honest manner of course, I’d never lie about it).
Plus I got cute shoes in the end that I still have.