(Closed) I’m not very good at negotiating…

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

I would kindly tell him/write him

 I perfectly understand the value of a video, but sadly our finances do not allow for one at the price you quoted initially. Your website quotes $1495 as your price and even that is a little much for our budget. We really do love your work and would love for you to do our wedding. We do not require the HD camera man you have reserved, we would be happy for you to do it if you have not booked our date.

Post # 4
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Sooo.. um? where does that advertised price come from then?

Post # 6
1650 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I like how you specifically asked him whether it’s possible to negotiate the price and he responded with an essay on the sentimental value of a wedding video.  😛

I agree you should just directly ask him where the price on the website came from and what it entails – and tell him you’re willing to accept a less inclusive package (or however it is they structure their services) for a lower price if that’s possible.

Post # 7
33 posts
  • Wedding: October 2005

How long have you looked for a videographer? Have you found or talked with anyone else you like? Anyone who would respond back with all that seems a little wacky to me.  I understand trying to justify work hours, but to add in all that other stuff is just weird. You asked if he would be willing to negotiate his price with you and he’s offering you a guy for $3400 more and you’ve never met him? He’s also not sure how long he’s been in business. Is it 10 or 20 years? I think you’d save yourself a lot of stress and headaches if you just try to find someone else. I get the impression that he’s not interested by the way that’s written. I’m not sure how much you’re hoping to pay, but there has to be someone better out there for you.

Post # 8
1327 posts
Bumble bee

Stick to the budget you had in mind and request that price, either he will do it or he wont, but be prepared to walk away if he says no. If never hurts to ask as most people these days will take some money over no money. Usually though it takes a bit of talking to them to convince them that you are serious about what you are willing to pay.

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