Asking a company to lower their price
I am coming from the business side, and some of the posts I see just amaze me. Here's the thing, and I will explain my view.
Don't ask a business if they are willing to lower their price.
If you cannot afford it, then don't buy it. Don't be rude and ask someone to bring their price down. They make a living just as you do. It would be the same as being offered a job but only if you take it for 20% less than you are asking for.
If you don't want to pay that much, find another place that has the exact item and see if they have it for less.
If you ask me for a price, I give it to you and that's that. If you ask me to lower my price, then I completely understand that you cannot afford me and may absolutely feel free to go wherever you wish to see if you can find better VALUE. At that point, I choose NOT to do business with you. This "asking for a lower price' is what we in construction call "the big red flags". It is a lose lose situation.
Think of it this way. If the other side actually AGREES to lower their price, then they weren't giving you their honest price in the first place. They were trying to pad it, or they are too hungry for money. Either way, it is not a great situation.
I would not trust ANYONE who gives me one price, then agrees to a lower price shortly after. No trust, no sale. How could I be assured they will follow through with everything than an HONEST business does right up front.
Who knows, maybe I am old fashioned. I am here, as a business, and I figure all of my operating costs per job. I figure the labor, the profit, the overhead, and the materials. It costs me what it costs me. I can't magically take less money and make it work. I think it would behoove my customers to know that I will be there in the future, rather than taking as much out of me as they can and hope that doesn't force me to close my doors because I can't cover my operating costs.
I posted this youtube video the other day and it explains OUR side of business. Pretty much anything in construction is considered this way. Would you treat any other businesses this way, like what is show in the video?
Here is a link that might be useful: Vendor Client relationship in real world