Everybody loves to find a great sale on a product they were going to buy anyway. Sometimes we even delay buying something we want until it goes on sale. But what if you could create your own sale, and save money simply by asking the simple question, “Can I get a discount?” That’s exactly what my wife did over the weekend, and it saved us $36.
In early December my wife and I found a wine gift box at a liquor store containing 4 different half bottles of wine. We bought one with a specific person in mind for a gift. As it sat on the shelf waiting to be given to it’s recipient, my wife pondered getting more of them. Sometimes we have wine with dinner, but opening a full bottle results in us drinking more wine than we’d like on a week night, or we put a cork saver on it with good intentions to finish the next night. Sometimes we do, sometimes we end up pouring it down the drain a week later. But a half bottle has exactly two glasses of wine. One for her and one for me.
Create Your Own Sale
Fast forward to this weekend, my wife called the liquor store to see if they had any left. The employee told her six gift boxes remained. Then she did something I didn’t expect. She asked if they would give us a discount if we bought all six of them. The employee put us on hold and got the manager. After re-explaining the situation to the manager, he pleasantly said he’d be happy to give us a 15% discount. He further specified who to ask for when we came in.
A few hours later I entered the liquor store, and asked to talk to the manager. He remembered the conversation with my wife, and walked me to the display. He pointed at the six boxes he had left, and I indicated I would buy them all. With an advertised price of $40, the 15% discount saved us $6 on each box for a total savings of $36.
It never hurts to ask for a discount. The worst thing that can happen is they say, “No.” On the other hand, they could give you a discount, leaving more money in your pocket. In this instance, my wife was savvy enough to realize these were holiday boxes and with the holidays over, the retailer was likely looking to dump the inventory. She was right.
How about you, EOD Nation, have you ever asked for a discount? Did it work?