5 Ways to Ensure You Get the Best Deal

Thursday, July 31, 2008| by Will Chen

Times are tough; the price of gas and food is rising at such a rate that your gear fund is taking a hit and you’ve got major G.A.S (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)! What’s a Frugal Guitarist to do? While I can’t give you any tips to beat the market or tricks to win the lottery, I can provide five steps to ensure you are get the best deal.

Research – Being an educated consumer is probably the most important factor in getting a good deal. Knowing the list price and average retail price give you a barometer to compare against to ensure you aren’t getting ripped off. Be sure to check all the major retailers as well as completed auctions on eBay (you must be a registered member to view completed auctions).

Sign Up for Email Lists – I know…you hate spam. However, retailers offer some great deals which you might not hear about until they are over. Also, they often send out coupons which are only available to their subscribers.

Be Patient – I know, you want it now. So do I. Almost always, a better deal is right around the corner. I’m not advocating waiting indefinitely, but the longer a product has been on the market, the better chances its price will be discounted. Discontinued products are often available at a fraction of the original price. Additionally, retailers often offer sales around holidays.

Ask – While some retailers are beginning to adopt a no haggle policy, it never hurts to ask especially on a floor item or something that’s been on the wall for months (or years). When haggling, don’t be cheap (by asking for a ridiculous discount) and treat the sales person with respect but be willing to walk out if you don’t come to a mutually acceptable deal. On numerous occasions, I’ve been able to score a 10 to 15 percent discount easily.

Price Matching – Found a super deal online in California but your in Texas and want it today? Pretty much all the major retailers will honor price matching (with the exception of eBay pricing). This is a great way to save significantly without having to haggle.

Good luck out there deal hunters, hopefully these tips will come in handy the next time you’re feeling G.A.S. pains.

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