(Closed) How much can you really haggle at the jeweller’s?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ya know what? I haggle for everything and never even thought to haggle for a ring! We JUST purchased our wedding bands this past weekend too.  Now I’m bummed I didn’t think of even asking for a better price!!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We never haggled with my engagement ring or our wedding bands. But when we purchased a ring many years ago (well about 3 or so) we told them our budget & they took off over 100 dollars. This ring was under 500 dollars. So a 100 dollar take off was pretty good, to me anyways! lol

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Catholic church followed by a botanical conservatory

Hem, it’s very “un-Swiss” to haggle and ask for lower prices, so my Swiss boy would never dream of asking for a lower price. He was adamant about buying local, even though the prices are ridiculous and he didn’t want to ask for any lower price at all.

I would argue to haggle, but then he was buying all the rings so he can do it how he likes. 😛

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

My Fiance has a way about him that my ring was deeply discounted without him actually asking/saying the words.  My ring was custom from an out of state jeweler and they advertise 10% off with wire transfers and the jeweler wouldn’t allow it since the entire time the price was below retail.  He saved about $1,200.  There was once a ring I liked in the window of a local store priced at 15 and he managed to get it down to 12, but that was still far more than he was willing to spend and even more than he wanted to spend.

There is always going to be more room to give with small, local jewelers.  Usuallly, they are used to someone trying to haggle.  It’s all about how you go about it.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We were able to talk our wedding band down about 30%.  He started at $1600 and tried to sell us my husbands band “at cost”, but then we shopped around and found a pretty close ring with about the same specs for $1100.  Only problem was that it wouldnt match exactly so we wanted to go with the original overpriced place that made my e-ring also.  But he got the best deal out of everywhere for the e-ring (I think about 20% less than blue nile even) so we were surprised how hard the band was.  We said that was too high so he dropped it a little to 1400, and then we said stll too high and he asked us what we wanted to pay.  We told him $1100 and he said “wow, that is low, how did you come up with that! why not say 500?”  So told him about the other store and the similar ring we found there, and he finally (hesitantly) matched it.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You can haggle A LOT, especially with local jewelers.

My Fiance is a haggler just because he likes to get the best deal and he KNOWS diamonds are marked up so much is ridiculous. He went to a local jeweler for my ring and he haggled very well and got a decent amount off of my ring so it ended up being under the budget I gave him for my E-ring!

I used to work at a fine jewelry store and people always haggled, honestly, I expected it because people always want a better deal. My boss marked everything up a few hundred dollars more anyways just because of this reason. So if he did it, most places probably do.

When times aren’t the best, people will always look for a good deal and if one store doesn’t give them a deal, they’ll go somewhere else that will. So I’m all for haggling!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went ahead and picked out the stone and setting I wanted and then dealt with the haggling.  I knew going in exactly how much we were willing to spend and that the setting wasn’t going to be negotiable, but the diamond would be.  The full retail price of my ring was about $20,000, but I was able to talk them down 38% and knock off the tax by paying in cash.  My darling Fiance is not a fan of trying to work a deal, but I work in sales so I LOVE being the one to negotiate.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I hate haggling – I work retail and it annoys the hell out of me when people think I should lower the price just because. We’ve done the research and 90% of the time our products are the cheapest. Plus, we make next to nothing on our TVs – we run bundles and good deals on the accessories, but don’t buy the TV alone and tell me that I can do better ten times when it’s already at the same price I would pay if I myself, as an employee, wanted to purchase it.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m very WASP-y and would never think of haggling for anything.  I paid retail my whole life until I met my first husband who never paid retail in his life and haggled for everything.  He had a wholesale jewelry guy, a wholesale furniture guy, you name it.

We once walked into a Circuit City to purchase two t.v.s and two dvd players and he offered them cash for a discount.  They took it.  It works.  Never be afraid to bargain with any store-big or small.  Worst thing is they say no.  Best case, you save a bunch of money:)

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@PutABirdOnIt: It worked because Circuit City workers are on commission and they would mark their TVs up higher than necessary just so that they could do that. ABC does the same thing, which will most likely end in the same result. I’ve had many customers tell me that they were offered the same price at our store (yeah, you can probably guess), ABC, and Circuit City, but the difference is that at the other two places they had to haggle for that price, and at ours that was the set retail price. It’s worth doing a bit of research beforehand on large purchases so you know whether or not the asking price is reasonable and if not then you can haggle.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We got a great deal on my ring! They had it retail priced for $1800 but we paid $1400 out the door with my diamond band and warranty included. I was so happy!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Wow.. never knew that about circuit city!

 

I would say haggle and it sounds like you can haggle up to 30%. My fiance loves to haggle and I am so bad at it. He haggled our DJ and we’re saving about $200 for an awesome DJ.

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