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Discount seeker - what a pain in the butt

Discussion in 'Investor Psychology' started by Gockie, 30th Sep, 2016.

  1. Gockie

    Gockie I'm an ISTP-A female, so I might be a bit quirky! Premium Member

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    I had a guy working in Saudi Arabia who wrote me an airbnb enquiry in this past week. So far so good.

    So. 3 weeks stay, 4 guests Nov/December. (Actually he submitted the request for 1 guest. I do max of 4 guests in the property but they are a family of 5.)

    Straight off the bat his communications were all "looking forward to your generous discount".... what's your ultimate offer... more special offer... what's your final offer... can you make it x price... (the guy was asking for my peak summer period mind you... he has no reviews, enquired for the wrong number of people)... Every second message he sent was asking for a discount, I counted he asked 7 times in total, out of 13 messages.:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    2 days or so later he writes again and said do you still have the desire to host us at x price (which was my price)... and I said sorry but I'm going to decline you as a guest due to your repeated requests for a discount which was offputting...... :D:p:cool::p:cool::rolleyes::D

    Anyway a day or two later and i've got a solid booking for that period from a completely separate party. There was no asking for discounts. Just a nice and straightforward booking request. Nice and easy.:D

    I just have this thought this person could be a major pain in the backside as a guest. :eek:I'm not going to give my rooms away to a cheapskate/bargainhunter in our summertime. Maybe it's cultural, but I don't want to deal with guests like that.
     
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    Do you mean to say that you don't offer discounts to someone without a track record who misrepresent the number of people, intend to overcrowd the lodgings and want peak period?
     
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    Slow Friday?
     
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    I always ask for a discount but never give them because "my price is already discounted".
     
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    Sure was. I received one email all day :eek:

    More time for skiing :p
     
  6. Gockie

    Gockie I'm an ISTP-A female, so I might be a bit quirky! Premium Member

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    Does that make me the bad guy? :cool:
    Nice.... It's already my best price :)
    He just made me shake my head.....
    Wish I got out of work earlier today! Oh well. And in other news one of my favourite/best most trusted colleagues has gotten a new job in another part of the bank. Boo! But she'll be working in home loans... hmmm... looking for jobs in that part of the bank could be interesting.
     
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  7. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    I don't ask for discounts from others and don't offer them myself. Things are worth what they're worth.

    (Except houses :D)
     
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    You still found time to send annoying 'rub it in' photo messages to those not able to have fun in the snow.
     
  9. Tony Fleming

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    Might be a cultural thing? When I went to Mexico I was told they find it offensive if you don't negotiate at the markets. Still he seems pretty keen for a discount :)
     
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    But you offfer a "Special rate for PC Members".

    What? You charge PC Members a higher rate?? :) :).
     
  11. Biz

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    Hate cheap people with a passion. When I get people asking for discounts on email or whatever I generally just ignore them. 9 times out of 10 they buy anyway.
     
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    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Been involved with these forums since 2003 when I bought my first investment property as a novice 21 year old and got all my dumb questions answered. Its my way of giving back to the community that helped me get to where I am today.
     
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  13. Gockie

    Gockie I'm an ISTP-A female, so I might be a bit quirky! Premium Member

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    Lol
     
  14. Otie

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    It annoys the crap out of me when people ask for discounts in my line of work.
    It completely makes me not want them as a client, as usually u give them an inch they want a mile and it just opens the floodgates.
    Having said that I always screw everyone and everything I can down on price, except if I get a quote or something and I feel it's fair and what I expected.
     
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    My philosophy is: "If one doesn't ask, then one will not receive".

    It never ceases to amaze me how many people will give a discount when it is sought.

    My favourite line is: "You will have to do better than that?".

    I am expecting the question: "How much better?"

    Instead, in most cases, I get a discount and, a lot of times, it is a bigger discount that what I was contemplating :) :).

    Why wouldn't one ask for a discount? "No discount" is a perfectly good answer but, in my experience, it isn't that common.
     
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    So you DO give discounts. That's OK.
     
  17. D.T.

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    There's a difference between discounts and different price plans.
     
  18. Biz

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    I'll ask for a discount on a decent spend with a big business, for example buying a tv from jbhifi but I don't do it to people in small business generally. Unless it's a big spend like someone is doing a 10k landscape job, wouldn't ask the guy who cleans my windows for $150 for a discount though, although a lot of people do try to screw him on price. :(
     
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  20. kierank

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    In my books, a discount is a reduced rate/price.

    Different price plans can be either a higher rate/price or a reduced rate/price.

    For PC Members, I assume you offer a reduced rate/price. In my books, that is a discount. Happy for you to call it whatever.
     
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