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Old 05-13-16, 10:25 AM
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Wiggle room with pricing?

Does anyone know what kind of wiggle room you have with a bike store? I'm not one to be cheap, but I do like a good deal, and I want to make sure I'm not being taken.
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Wiggle room with pricing?

Rather than wiggle about the price, I'd see if they could throw in some of the extra stuff (rack, stand, bell etc) a bit cheaper.
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Originally Posted by StlCards80 View Post
Does anyone know what kind of wiggle room you have with a bike store? I'm not one to be cheap, but I do like a good deal, and I want to make sure I'm not being taken.
Bike shops are barely scraping by in many cases.
3 near me have closed in the last few years.
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Originally Posted by imi View Post
Rather than wiggle about the price, I'd see if they could throw in some of the extra stuff (rack, stand, bell etc) a bit cheaper.
My local shop is charging retail, so I'm okay with that. Maybe I'll ask about the extras.
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Probably depends on the bike, too. Might have far more room to deal on a two year old closeout than next year's model that is getting put up in the window.
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I never haggle with the LBS on that stuff -- but I trust them. If I walked into a bike shop and didn't trust them, I wouldn't get a bike from there. I've gotten some accessories thrown in for letting them keep a stock saddle, but that was up to them you know. One bike shop I go to has charged me over MSRP for a bike pump that didn't have a price listed on it...It was only $10 over, but they've lost many sales over that...not that they know. Worst part is I've purchased two bikes from them in the past.
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Old 05-13-16, 10:49 AM
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Around here the stores usually can do between 10-20% off retail MSRP whenever I've asked about a bike.
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Originally Posted by StlCards80 View Post
Does anyone know what kind of wiggle room you have with a bike store? I'm not one to be cheap, but I do like a good deal, and I want to make sure I'm not being taken.
Varies from shop to shop.
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My LBS automatically discounts off MSRP. Especially given that, I'm not gonna haggle with them. They're an excellent, full service shop.
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Varies from shop to shop.
Yep...I get much better prices at the shops I visit frequently. Also, the price can depend a lot on what the manufacturers doing and what promotions they might be offering.
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Old 05-14-16, 02:49 AM
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I got 15% off accessories at the local LBS when I bought my Scapel this year. Not a huge deal but very helpful.
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I don't mind paying the cost of various parts but do try to get them to throw in installing at no cost if I can. I know this is normal with the purchase of a bike but I try this later when buying say a rear rack etc.
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I never haggle with the LBS on that stuff -- but I trust them. If I walked into a bike shop and didn't trust them, I wouldn't get a bike from there. I've gotten some accessories thrown in for letting them keep a stock saddle, but that was up to them you know. One bike shop I go to has charged me over MSRP for a bike pump that didn't have a price listed on it...It was only $10 over, but they've lost many sales over that...not that they know. Worst part is I've purchased two bikes from them in the past.
You could have politely mentioned the over charge, in case it was an honest mistake. Then decide based on their response.
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You could have politely mentioned the over charge, in case it was an honest mistake. Then decide based on their response.
Yeah...I could have, but it was kind of the last straw if you know what I mean.
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Old 05-14-16, 05:56 AM
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Yeah...I could have, but it was kind of the last straw if you know what I mean.
Yup, "last straw" is different than first offense.
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Probably the only extent I'd try to haggle would be to ask something like "when do the end of season sales usually start"? indicating that you're not desperate to purchase that day.
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I have always heard bike shops do not haggle, that this is not much mark up on bikes to haggle with. I bought a new Giant Talon last week. I knew what I wanted and stopped by to see what they had. They had one and the guy said take it for a ride, enjoy yourself. I came back, I just said it rode well and didnt say anything else knowing I wanted to buy, waiting for him to speak. He jumped right in and said, today I can take 100 off. I was surprised thinking I was going to have to pay retail price.
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10% off on accessories bought at point of purchase , with the bike , can be a common practice , in independent US bike dealers.
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Originally Posted by xsthomas302 View Post
I have always heard bike shops do not haggle, that this is not much mark up on bikes to haggle with. I bought a new Giant Talon last week. I knew what I wanted and stopped by to see what they had. They had one and the guy said take it for a ride, enjoy yourself. I came back, I just said it rode well and didnt say anything else knowing I wanted to buy, waiting for him to speak. He jumped right in and said, today I can take 100 off. I was surprised thinking I was going to have to pay retail price.
I met with my local shop yesterday. They're offering the bike at retail, and I'm happy to pay that with the service I received. Like most have mentioned I'll look for breaks in accessories and what not, but I also know they have to keep the lights on, too.
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As I mentioned, I let them shoot first to see where they are at. I was going to purchase, just wasn't too sure what kind of a deal I was going to get. As with any new bike, several tuneups / adjustments. I wanted to stay in good terms so to speak. Accessories I get online, seems to be more to chose from. Not like buying a new vehicle where I know what I am going to pay and not play nice to get close to the price I want.
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A shop has wiggle room, just depends on how much gyrating the the owner wants to do. I had been riding with the head mechanic of a shop and he kept telling me to stop in and the owner would deal a great deal for me. He had done so for a friend of mine on his first and second bike plus accessories. I stopped in, rode some bikes without taking up much time of owner or employees and said I'll be back.

Contacted an out of state acquaintance who owns a bike shop to see how much he would charge me for a particular bike. He told me his cost and the selling price. I went back to the LBS and told the owner I was ready to give him the cash and asked for his best price. He flipped out and started to rant and rave. I mentioned that I am familiar with his cost and simply wanted to know if he was willing to discount. Again more ranting plus a few expletives thrown in then a discounted price. Again I mentioned cash now, he did not budge. End result.....purchased the bike elsewhere, saved an additional $800.00 below his special price with the selling shop still making a tidy sum.
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Originally Posted by StlCards80 View Post
Does anyone know what kind of wiggle room you have with a bike store? I'm not one to be cheap, but I do like a good deal, and I want to make sure I'm not being taken.
Shop around.

Also, check with your local cycling club. Sometimes, they have special discounts for members.
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Is it fair to assume there's more wiggle room for bikes that are on their floor? ie. vs. a size/model they'd have to order.
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Okay I am going to ask a couple of dumb questions.... First, why would anyone buy in item without knowing the price before going to the cash register and them complain that he/she paid too much for said item. And second, if it is the straw that broke the camels back then you obviously don't want their business for some time would it not be a better idea to just find a shop you like their service/items they stock for sale?
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