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Best Offer – for Serious Money Savers Only

February 8th, 2012 No comments

Haggling over price is a cultural thing. More common in some foreign countries, no one expects to pay the asked for price.  That’s always just a starting point.  Poke around on the Internet and look for articles on “price haggling” and “bargaining.”  One article we saw noted that in certain countries the first thing the seller does when they see you are a foreigner is ask you where you’re from, what nationality.

This tells them how far they can go in getting the most out of you in terms of price. They know the globe by national nature, which nationalities are hesitant to haggle over prices and which aren’t. Supposedly, Germans are the easiest marks and will pay the first asked for price most often, and the second easiest touches are Americans.

It’s just not part of our culture. We are used to shopping in stores where things have price tags on them. Never would we go up to the counter in Macy’s with a men’s shirt marked at $ 39.99 and say to the lady behind the counter, “I’ll give you fifteen bucks for it.”

They’d look at you like you were daft, a loon. Yes, bargaining is in style in more informal settings, such as garage and lawn sales in the United States, but by and large, Americans tend to shop around looking for bargains, comparing prices, not bargaining with individual sellers to make their own.

The Internet is changing that, with popular auction sites like E-bay and the concept of “Best Offer.” What is Best Offer?”

Well, at noted Dell computer laptop leader, “Best Offer” is just what it sounds like. If you see the “Make Offer” button below the “Buy it Now” price in the listing, it means that Merk America will accept Best Offers from buyers. What that means is that you can negotiate the price with, for example, if the price says one thing and you just sigh and wish it were lower? MAKE it lower! No shame or harm in asking. That’s what Best Offer is all about. Cyber-Haggling! You negotiate the price with Merk America and rather than go hunting around on the Internet for a lower price? Make a reasonable offer that you can afford and are willing to pay right on the spot and it gives you the chance to see whether or not the folks at are willing to move the item out of their inventory quicker rather than let it sit waiting for someone to come along and pay the full marked price. Merk America can either accept, decline, or even make you a counter-offer. It’s like being in a foreign market haggling over a souvenir item on vacation. It can be fun, save you the time of looking elsewhere and of course, save you money in the long run.

Caution, though, you should be serious about your “Best Offers,” and you should only use this feature when you are serious about and really want the item but just feel you should or might be able to get it at a lower price. No vendor likes sitting inventory. A sale is a sale and a moved piece of inventory is quickly replaced with another item for sale. It’s the way to make money. Keeps the inventory moving. That’s why embraces the “Best Offer” concept wholeheartedly. Also, if your offer is accepted by the seller, you’re obligated to pay for the item, so be a tough bargainer and negotiator, but don’t just play games.

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