Post # 1
Hey ladies! I fell in love with a dress at a dress shop that was selling for $770. They were having a sale that offered $100 off all of the dresses in the store (making it $670. I thought that it was a great deal, but decided to call around to compare prices. The only price I found that was cheaper was $604. Do you think that I should call the original business back to see if they can beat that price? I realize it’s already a pretty good deal but I would obviously not mind paying even less. How do you ask for something like that?
Post # 3
First are they for the floor samples of the dresses or for ordering the dresses? If they are floor samples then there may be some damage to the other dress that is the reason for the reduced price.
Second, have you already bought the first dress? If you have, then no.
But, all things being equal, and if you have not bought the dress, then yes, I think you should. They may not be accustomed to it, and honestly, they may not like it or respond well, but you are being a good steward of your funds. There is nothing wrong with politely speaking with the manager or head sales person and casually asking “I noticed that ___ was offering this dress for X and I was wondering if you could match or beat that price.” However, if they match it, they will be expecting you to get it from them probably that instance… it’s unlikely they will hold that price for additional comparison shopping.
Post # 4
@LittleCricket: I haven’t bought the dress. That’s why I am trying to figure out what to do. They are not floor samples, Both are dresses that are ordered.
Post # 5
@LittleCricket: I agree with pretty much everything you said!
If they want to keep your business, they will try to match the price. And if not, you still have that lower-cost option to turn to!
Post # 6
That’s exactly what I did – My dress was on sale, but I went home and emailed every bridal shop that could be considered local. Within a few days, I had a stack of quotes for the dress, including one that was about another $100 cheaper.
The next weekend, I brough that email back to the original shop (which was 5 minutes from my house!) and they not only matched it, but gave me an extra 10% off! The did tell me that they needed to see the email though as proof.
Doesn’t hurt to try!
Post # 7
It doesn’t hurt to ask. They may appreciate making a sale even if they make a little bit less.
Post # 8
Then, yeah. Go for it. Be nice and smiles and just ask with genuine curiousity if they would be willing to match the price of the other store. You never know if you don’t ask, but I don’t know if they will go lower than the price. It’s a double edged sword. If you tell them the lower price they know they just need to match that, but if you don’t they may only go down $25 or something. They’re operating costs and rent my be higher, but still, ask.