Would you be too embarrassed to haggle for a better price at your local Walmart? Or, like me, maybe you didn’t even think there was a reasonable possibility it would work. Well, I got an interesting email yesterday from a dude who read my recent post at Prairie Eco-Thrifter about How To Haggle For A Bargain and was adamant that my advice didn’t go nearly far enough. Instead of me trying to paraphrase, here is what this colorful fellow had to say:
I just read your article about negotiating for a better price and I gotta say you tried to stick 5 pounds of s**t in a 3 pound bag with that one. To NOT ask for a better price is just plain dumb. Heck, the other day I was in Walmart and needed me some new underwear and t-shirts and got me a great deal by speaking up.
The Hanes brand is what I like as they don’t ride up but they are a little pricey for the 7-pack. So I asked a worker if they’d take $7 instead of the $10 they were asking. I figure $1 a pair is still going to make them some money.
She runs off and comes back with a manager-type and I explain that $1 a pair is what I typically pay and he wrote out a price adjustment slip and off I went with $1 undies. Negotiate for a better price everywhere people!
Just keeping it real – Ted
Fact or Fiction?
Once I got beyond the pure amazing-ness of this email I started asking myself if I could do what Ted did. The answer, for me, is “No”. If the package of tightie-whities had a hole in it, was already used, or was damaged in some way then maybe, but for something that is already so darn affordable to begin with, not going to happen.
Can Ted Afford his Lifestyle?
I am guessing someone who gets his underwear for a discount at Walmart is probably living within (or below) his means. What do you think? Part of me wants to get in touch with him and interview him for my blog. I have a feeling he has a ton of “interesting” money-saving stories similar to the tightie-whitie incident.
Always Keep Your Undies from Ridin’ Up
Part of me feels bad for Ted as there really is nothing worse than a pair of ill-fitting undergarments. If you ever experienced what Ted is talking about maybe you too would negotiate a better deal on the non-rising variety.
But seriously, negotiating for a better price does indeed work very well at antique stores, pawn shops, and big box stores. The secret is to look for imperfect items and to try and bundle items together as managers are much more likely to offer discounts that way. I recently did this at my local Best Buy when I got $50 off my order total when I bought both a Bluray player and a surround sound system. All I did was ask and they immediately took $50 off.
What is your take on big Ted? Could you, or do you, negotiate like him? If so, what is the most unusual thing you have ever scored a deal on?
By Kyle James