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is it acceptable to negotiate with tradespeople, suppliers?

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irregularegular Mon 15-May-17 12:08:00

We never do, but I'm wondering if we should.

Just got a quote from local independent carpet shop. It seems high but we would quite like to use them. We've used them at least once before.

Can we just say, this seems a bit high, can you lower it at all? I think I might be too embarrassed, but I could probably manage it in an e-mail

Tatlerer Mon 15-May-17 12:34:44

Absolutely! The independents are the best to negotiate with- they know their margins and no having to adhere to some kind of chain policy etc.
I recently negotiated with an independent bathroom retailer/showroom and got a reduction of 35% in the end!
You simply have to state that the price is more than you're looking to pay- so what can they do on it? And take it from there.

Tatlerer Mon 15-May-17 12:35:41

Oh and irregularregular, you're going to have to bite the bullet and do it face to face! Nothing to be embarrassed about.

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