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Old 04-17-09, 11:43 AM
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How much can I haggle?

I am looking to purchase the 2009 Gary Fisher Piranha from a LBS. It retails for $929 on GF's website. Now, I know an LBS can definitely work with less than retail. What is a good starting point- $100, $200 less? I will be paying in cash.

ps. on my last purchase (Specialized bike), I was able to negotiate $200 less than retail and even waived the tax.
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Old 04-17-09, 12:19 PM
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Shops don't make much money off of bike sales. Most of their money comes from service, with some from accessories. You'll have a better chance trying to get discounted accessories or a service plan than haggling the price of the bike itself.
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Old 04-17-09, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
Shops don't make much money off of bike sales. Most of their money comes from service, with some from accessories. You'll have a better chance trying to get discounted accessories or a service plan than haggling the price of the bike itself.
Very true, I have seen people come in and try to haggle in 2 shops I deal with. They normally get laughed at. Its a new bike not a car.
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Old 04-18-09, 04:49 PM
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It never hurts to ask, but I agree with jjbod1, an 09 at the beginning of the season is not a bike that the shop is desperate to get rid of.
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Old 04-18-09, 05:59 PM
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My shop has alway dealt with me and any one I send in there.
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You picked the absolute worst time of year to try and make a deal on a new bike. As others have noted there isn't much markup on new bikes and given the season is starting up they won't be motivated to make a deal. You can always make an offer, but don't be shocked if they aren't interested.
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Old 04-18-09, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by mike09 View Post
- $100, $200 less? I will be paying in cash.ps. on my last purchase (Specialized bike), I was able to negotiate $200 less than retail and even waived the tax.
Uhm yeah, go with that. My shop would do it, and evidently yours would too. I don't know who these other guys are dealing with?
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Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
Uhm yeah, go with that. My shop would do it, and evidently yours would too. I don't know who these other guys are dealing with?
Hmm, unless I'm mistaken, you work for a bik. . . Never mind.
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No man, You newbies......... Cmon. If I worked for a shop I'd be pimpin a a custum Ti 650 B2B dualieeeee Wif 1foty on ta rear and 160 up front.
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Old 04-18-09, 08:36 PM
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Okley doklely.
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Originally Posted by streetlightpoet View Post
It never hurts to ask, but I agree with jjbod1, an 09 at the beginning of the season is not a bike that the shop is desperate to get rid of.
When does the season start/end? Just curious. I thought the new bikes came out in Aug/Sept at Interbike.
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At my LBS, if you pay cash he can generally take a little off, but that may be for me, as I've been a long time friend and costumer of the shop. Offer to help out around the shop, or buy lunch if they say yes. At times I've helped out around the shop (trash, moving around stock, ect...) and was able to get stuff ordered and pay wholesale, or have free stand and tool time for my own repairs. Doesn't hurt to ask, just don't be an ass if they can't. Things are tough for everyone. and you don't want to ruin a relationship with a shop before it starts. Remember where you will be taking it for repairs after you buy it. They tend to remember things like a bad attitude, and not trying to save money.
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Not much mark up? Your kidding right?

My bike was tagged at $1869, I paid 999. It came with different forks then it was originally priced for, but my REBA ain't a cheap fork either.
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