Houston Haggling?

Old 06-22-16, 09:59 AM
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Houston Haggling?


Can you haggle at bike shops?

I'm looking to buy a $400 comfort bike. This bike shop close to my house says they won't go lower than MSRP...eventhough there's a huge scratch on the lower back corner of the frame...the paint is peeled off completely...see shiny silver color size of a penny...shipping damage most likely.
I thought I could a big discount...but the guy countered that it's aluminum frame...it'll never rust...so no worry. I guess I could fix it with touch-up paint easily.

Is it worth driving all the way into town to try my luck at other bike stores?
Or you think it'll just be a waste of time?

I would need to take time off work and waste alot of time and gas driving into town.

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Old 06-22-16, 10:05 AM
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I never did. Go to another shop.
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First off: F that guy.
Second: go to another shop
Third: How far out do you live- and where would "into town" be? This could help recommend a shop in that area.
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not too many shops in houston are going to go below the suggested price, and some are not allowed to...
unless the bike is new but old stock, or unless it is somehow damaged, not going to happen....bike shops are not flea markets...and the margin on new bikes is not what keeps them going. If you look at their annual big "advertised" sales, even then the sale price is only discounted about 10% and usually only on certain bikes.
and if you are talking about a bike that is only $400 they do not have too much room to move.
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