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25 Things to Never Pay Full Price for

I hate to pay full price. Don’t you hate to pay full price as well? I will pay full price for certain goods though, sometimes it’s only appropriate to pay full price. For example, you’re not going to go to your laundromat and negotiate on the price to clean a load of clothes (you’ll just get quarters and pay the price on the machine). This is just like I

wouldn’t go to the gas station and negotiate for the price of a gallon of gas. In some settings it’s just useless! However, if you’re out looking for a new or used car you’ll be labeled a sucker if you pay full sticker price. I would label you a sucker and so would everyone else, this is not a smart thing to do! One thing I like to make sure of is I know the instances in which negotiating is acceptable. In this post I will show you 25 things to never pay full price for.

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New or Used Cars
When car shopping the price is always negotiable. When negotiating don’t get suckered into paying the dealers “final price,” they can and usually will do better.
Clothes
Department stores are always having sales and many combine store sales with coupons, just look in your Sunday paper. If you like a piece of clothing with a small cosmetic flaw, most stores will mark it down 10-25%.
Event Tickets
I have sold concert, sports, and event tickets before in the past. I would be able to negotiate with the seller to get them dirt cheap, if not almost free. Tickets are one of the most negotiable items out there and there are some comfortable margins to be made.
Gym Membership
You should always be able to negotiate on gym memberships, if the membership sales representative sticks to the “sale” price try calling corporate for a better deal. I bet it will work.
Appliances
Stores like Sears, Lowes, and Home Depot love to negotiate with each other. They say they will beat each others price by 10% so I think it would probably be best to get quotes from all of them and let them duke it out.
Groceries
You can save so much money at the grocery store. As I have mentioned in the past there are several ways to cut your grocery bill substantially.

Jewelry
Jewelry is one thing that can be always negotiated upon. Whether you’re at Zales or on a caribbean island jewelry is something merchants will negotiate with you on. I think one of the main reasons for this is because of the high margins involved in the trade.

Books
I never pay full price for books. I like audiobooks so I buy a lot of them on audible.com, but only when they have 40% off or $4.95 sales. Also, you can buy used books dirt cheap on Amazon.com.
Vacation Resorts/Hotel Rooms
Having a wife that’s spent a number of years in vacation hospitality I know the value of the dollar to a vacation property or hotel. They regularly offer corporate discounts, family discounts, etc. Additionally, if you’re looking to stay in a specific hotle at a reduced price there are many websites out there like priceline.com, hotwire.com, hotels.com, etc.
Gift Cards
Gift cards never go for full price, if someone wants full price for a gift card skip it. You can find them at steep discounts at websites like ebay, plastic jungle, and gift card granny.
Cab Fare
Cab fare is something which can usually be negotiated. If I’m at a popular place with a flurry of cabs waiting to pick up people you better believe I will try to negotiate a flat rate ahead of time.
Electronics
Everyone is selling Electronics these days, why not get the best possible price? If you go online you can go price shopping to see the best possible deal you can get. When you find the best possible deal on an item you’re looking for call the customer service line to see if they can do better. In most cases, I bet they can.
Furniture
I bought a brand new recliner a few months ago. Do you think I paid full price for it? Nope, I didn’t I asked for a better price and I received $100 off. Most furniture stores give discounts to clear inventory.
Water
Do you pay for bottled water? Why? Filtered water is just as good and quite common these days.
Airfare
Airfare is always negotiated these days. Rates aren’t set at a certain price like thirty years ago. Just check Orbitz, Kayak, or Priceline for a great deal.
Advertising/Marketing Services
Do you pay full price for advertising or marketing services. You’re a fool if you do, this is a business I have been in for fifteen years and nobody pays full price.
Magazines
I know you don’t pay full price for magazines, they try to hook you with offers that are 75% off the newstand price. You may be able to get it even cheaper at Magazines.com.
Art
Every piece of art I have bought to decorate my house has been at a substantial discount. I think most art galleries like to move inventory and negotiate on prices.
House Cleaning Services
Have you ever hired a maid to clean your house. I hope you didn’t just accept her rate, most will negotiate heavy discounts.
Dining Out
There are so many ways to get the dining bill slashed these days. Look to sites like Restaurant.com, Groupon.com, and LivingSocial.com for some terrific deals.
Loans
Do you have good or excellent credit? Ever have to go into a bank to get a loan? Chances are the bankers first offer isn’t the best one, try to negotiate.
Pets
Looking to get a new pet like a cat, dog, parrot, or hamster. Look in the local paper and visit a breeder/seller. Their starting price is not their best price, try to negotiate. Also, you can always visit an animal shelter and save one which I think is the best option possible.
Professional Tax Services
The tax man comes once a year and if you’re like me and need to itemize you may need to hire an accountant. They will always negotiate a fair rate with you and if you think their rate is too high you can always shop around.
DVD Rentals
DVD Rentals are cheap these days, high fees are a thing of the past. Does Blockbuster Video still exist? You can get a great deal on a movie through Redbox or Netflix or you can always stream it.
Music
Let’s see it’s on the radio, Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, and so many other places. Why even bother buying it?

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