My husband says I (Frankie) can talk anyone into almost anything. I don't have special powers or know any big secret. I just believe in the power of bargaining. We are a people of bargaining, negotiating, trading; when did we forget that?
A few days ago my son and I visited one of my favorite retail stores. I love this store because I usually find some cool little one of a kind thing for a pretty reasonable price. This day I found this amazing side table. I immediately fell in love. I had to have this table to sit beside my desk and put my printer on. It was in the marked down section because it was damaged. The original price was $100. It was marked down to $45. I didn't want to pay $45 for it. I told my son we would come back in a few days and if they still had it I was going to try to talk them down. He laughed and we left.
I kept thinking about that piece all weekend. I REALLY wanted it. I knew I'd never pay $45 for it though. I went back the next week and it was still there. I decided I was having that table. I got a manager and just bargained the price down to $25 and walked out of there with that table for my printer. And doesn't it look perfect? Just a ding on the corner and the door doesn't close all the way, but that's part of the charm for me. That's part of what makes it mine.
The thing is, I didn't just settle. I didn't walk in a see a price and assume that's the only price they would take for it. I still believe that we are a people of bargaining and negotiation. I believe in the power of a good deal, both getting one and being on the receiving end of one.
And I take this belief with me everywhere in my life. In my work from home life, I bargain with clients and they bargain with me. In my personal life, I'm always bargaining with someone, whether it's my husband on where we are going to eat or my kids on what time and where we are going to meet. It's part of who I am and I'm pretty good at it. I bargain with the cable providers and phone service providers. I bargain with the guy that comes to spray for ants.
I am a bargainer.
So, don't settle, guys, because…
You can't always get what you want,
But if you try sometimes, well you just might find,
You get what you need
Keith Richards / Mick Jagger
Drop us a comment and let us know some deals you've gotten from bargaining.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.