(Closed) Haggling with Vendors

posted 5 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
Member
2573 posts
Sugar bee

You don’t like his price?

My view on this topic is the following:

If you find someone you would like to hire and he presents you with his price you have one of three options

1) agree to the price and pay him that price

2) see if he is negotiable and if he is then work out a price

3) if he is not negotiable then find someone else within your budget

Not everyone providing a service has to wiggle on the price, their service , their decision

 

Post # 3
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690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t have any stories,  but i do have some advice. 

If he’s unwilling to come down in price,  maybe you could get him to include some add ons,  like up lighting?  MC?  

I’m a haggler. I love to haggle a price down.  I got us a 15% discount on our venue,  and all add ons included! 

Post # 6
Member
2573 posts
Sugar bee

princesserbear:  I personally would just go with someone else in this circumstance

Post # 8
Member
7103 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

sway0060:  Amen!

princesserbear:  You consider the DJ bad at business because he didn’t haggle with you??? I didn’t haggle with any of my vendors. They are all small business owners and are priced where they need to be to run a business and pay themselves a wage. The only vendor I would even consider negotiating with is catering, and even that isn’t them coming down on their price, but rather mutually coming to a menu choice at a certain budget. I wouldn’t go to the grocery store and haggle about the price of bread, nor would I go to the GAP and haggle over the price of a dress? I expect haggling with a street vendor selling a knockoff purse, not a wedding vendor.

FWIF, I feel it’s totally appropriate to say “our budget is xyz, what can you do within that?” – but to expect someone to just lower their prices without giving in any yourself isn’t reasonable to me. Like when someone wants a caterer to lower their per-person price, but the couple doesn’t want to go with a lower priced food option to make it happen. Or wanting a florist to go cheaper, but not wanting to cut out any of the things from their order?

Post # 9
Member
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

starfish0116:  why are you yelling at her?  Haggling with vendors is completely acceptable.   I haggled with all of my vendors,  and got great deals,  in my budget.   Most vendors are very willing to give at least a 15% discount.   However,  you dont get if you don’t ask.   There’s NO reason for you to be rude to her.   Also,  if you read the post,  she wasn’t trying to figure out how to get his cost down,  rather she was requesting to hear fellow bride’s stories.   Like a campfire.   CHILL. 

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