Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

LBS Bargaining Techniques?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

LBS Bargaining Techniques?

Old 04-11-07, 03:24 PM
  #26  
DocRay
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Originally Posted by hal
^tell them that you have less money than you actually do, so you can move up a bit and be seen to be compromising
ooooohhh...I was walking into the store bragging about my new credit limit and waving $100 bills in a fan. I should have read this sooner.
 
Old 04-11-07, 03:24 PM
  #27  
MTBLover
But on the road more
 
MTBLover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 864

Bikes: Bianchi Volpe '07

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Namenda
As far as technique, I've always found honesty to be the best policy. Something along the lines of "Gee, I really like this bike, but it costs more than I'm able to spend. I'd really like to give you my business. Can you work with me on the price a bit?" If they answer with a flat "no", they usually mean it. Any waffling on their part indicates a willingness to make a deal.

Just remember...bargaining is all about compromise. Plan on paying a bit more than you want, if you expect them to sell for less than they want.
+100. Nothing worse than a dishonest bargainer- even lower than a dishonest seller, IMHO.
MTBLover is offline  
Old 04-11-07, 03:27 PM
  #28  
DocRay
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Originally Posted by intence
Kergin, I can understand your pain purchasing a bike in Canada. It appears that the Canadian distributors are doing a great job of gouging consumers now that the Canadian dollar has strengthened against the US dollar. It's not only bikes, but electronics, most cars, and numerous other products. I suppose that if they got away adding 50% to the US price a few years ago when that was the exchange rate, they see no reason to adjust prices downwards. I wonder if enough people complained to the US manufacturer (in this case Cannondale) if they would pressure the distributor to price the products more fairly, or if they might simply drop the distributor and find a new one.
I doubt Cannondale gives a flying fhuck about the Canadian market, it's too small to care.
 
Old 04-11-07, 03:45 PM
  #29  
blake711
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 91
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by roadwarrior
Excellent advice.

One other piece of advice. Don't drive to the LBS in an $80,000 Beemer, look at $1,000 bike and try to haggle. That really happened.
Honest.

It still makes me chuckle.
You know why he has an 80k beemer? Could be because he makes good financial decisions and tries to always get the best deal.
blake711 is offline  
Old 04-11-07, 04:18 PM
  #30  
CastIron
Sensible shoes.
 
CastIron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: St. Paul,MN
Posts: 8,799

Bikes: A few.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
An $80k BMW isn't the best deal on anything. Trust me.
__________________
Mike
Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
It looks silly when you have quotes from other forum members in your signature. Nobody on this forum is that funny.
Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
Why am I in your signature.

Last edited by CastIron; 04-11-07 at 05:33 PM.
CastIron is offline  
Old 04-11-07, 05:11 PM
  #31  
thatguy
hehe... member
 
thatguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 665
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Maybe they'll price match, but I don't see why any bike shop should come off its price until you're offering them something. You're a repeat customer, you're buying a ton of extra stuff, you're buying a pair of bikes, etc. You're more likely to get them to throw in a jersey or something than move off the price. From what I understand, shops make most of their money on accessories and not bikes. There's not very much wiggle room on popular models.
thatguy is offline  
Old 04-12-07, 07:05 AM
  #32  
rbart4506
You blink and it's gone.
 
rbart4506's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Dundas, Ontario
Posts: 4,436

Bikes: Race bike, training bike, go fast bike and a trainer slave.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by kergin
What about price matching? For example: a shop in downtown Toronto has a CAAD9 Optimo 3 for $1799. A shop in Streetsville, Mississauga, which is about an hour's drive, has the same bike for $1719. Do you think it's reasonable for the Toronto store to match the other shop?
Yes that is reasonable....
rbart4506 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.