Post # 1
Just came back from looking at dresses at Macy’s. Did not commit yet, but I really like Demetrios 3150 and Cosmobella 7380. The sales person said that they can negotiate a price (sounded like they can give a 10% discount). I was wondering what the strategy is for negotiating an even lower price and if anyone knows of any discounts that are currently available.
Any help is appreciated.
Post # 3
pay HARD CASH. That is the best way to negotiate. Start rolling out 50s or 100s. And say I’ll pay XX amount. They’ll look at you all shocked and go call a manager over. Ask for At least 25% off. Then if you are still interested, negotiate or walk away.
Post # 4
I thought this would only work at a smaller boutique….
Would they really give such significance to paying cash at Macy’s?
Post # 5
For me, showing a “meh” attitude seemed to work. I knew which dress I would buy, but didn’t tell the saleslady (and according to mom, had a good poker face going too!). So saleslady finally said “well, I could give you a 10% discount….” And I said “hmmm, I don’t know. Is that the BEST you could do for me?”, she consults manager, comes back and gave me either 20% or 25% off (can’t remember exactly), and a $50 coupon for accessories.
I don’t know if that was a great deal, but it saved me almost $200!
This was at a boutique though, not a place like Macys. Very pretty dresses, btw!!!!
Post # 6
I found a gown in a shop in Minneapolis, but when I visited my family in Cincinnati I found the same gown in a boutique for $500 more. I was shocked, and I kind of blurted out “OMG I found this in Minneapolis for $750!” The saleswoman left to see what she could do, came back and said she could match the price. If you let them know you are truly interested and ready to buy a boutique will work with you.
I would be surprised if Macy’s would be able to offer a 10% discount, simply because I used to work there and prices were never negotiable. I can only think of two scenarios:1) They have some kind of coupon they can use or 2) They are going to try to get you to sign up for a Macy’s credit card. This is a big deal for Macy’s employees and I’m sure the Bridal dept. uses this all the time to lure in sales.
Also, Minnesota doesn’t have sales tax on clothing, so try calling some stores in Minneapolis or St Paul and see if they will let you order over the phone. You can save a ton that way!
Post # 7
Shop around for the dress at other salons. Some stores will make you actually come in to try the dress on, others will tell you over the phone what their price is. Let Macy’s know that you want to buy the dress from them, but they are going to have to give you a competitive price based on the pirces you found at other stores. They probably wont want to lose your business to they will give you a lower price. If not, go elsewhere.