Score Free DVDs When You Buy New Tech

dvdstackAsking for a better cash price is a good basic negotiating tactic, but you can also score a bargain by asking for extra freebies when you're making a high value-purchase.

Matthew JC Powell, Mac guru extraordinaire and presenter of MacThePodcast, offers the following "JB Hi Fi haggling trick":

Before you head to the hardware dept, grab a couple of DVDs/BDs/other and just casually hang on to them while talking to sales dude about the hardware you want to buy. Ninety percent chance when you go to the register those discs will be thrown in for free without your even asking.

I haven't tried this one myself, but it sounds promising. If you've successfully deployed this or a similar negotiating tactic, share your victory in the comments. Thanks Matthew!


    90% chance hmmm - who decides anyway that you do not pay for the DVD the cash register person? I'd want to know before the till starts.

    What about "when is the sales on?" I've tried this on furniture and got a large discount.
    At Target once we were told a catalogue sale was on next week and to simply place our purchase in lay by

    This works for headphones under $100 too. I am a DJ and I make sure to always pick up new sennheisers to take to clubs (my nice headphones aren't leaving my room) when I am shopping for big tech. Usually I can get them free or 1/2 price.

    I have found JB Hi Fi willing to offer discounts on lower-value items as well. I recently received a reasonable discount without asking when purchasing 2 microphone headsets. The sales assistant on the floor processed the discount and produced a docket for me to take to the register.

    Having worked for some of the big retailers as a commission based computer salesperson, I can tell you that sales guys are more likely to throw in extras as opposed to giving you a better cash price everytime.

    Most of these hi profile extras (budget software, blank DVD's, Printer paper, cables etc) have a next to nothing cost or at most $10 - $15. The impact of giving you $100 worth of extras (which in reality may only cost $20 - $30) is much better for the salesperson as opposed to taking $100 cash of a selling price.

    Ask for as many little extras as you can as opposed to the big dollar discount. True you aren't getting as much in raw dollars, but the value and convenience of the 'extras' by far outweigh that.'re going to have to buy them later down the track anyway, why not get them up front and save yourself a trip back to the store later?

    I have a WOW Sight and Sound up here in Townsville and once asked for a memory card from a locked acbinet and the sales assistant knocked $10 off of a $30 card with only me asking to get the card from the cabinet.

    Another time they knocked $100 off a $400 phone only by me asking if they had one in stock.

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