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  1. #1
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    Default Tack consignment - haggling ok on buyer's end?

    This is a bit of online-store etiquette that I'm not sure of - is it ok to make an offer on something in an online tack shop's consignment section? It's something I wouldn't hesitate to do in-store, so I'm not sure why I'm questioning doing it via email/phone!


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    Yes. I have done it several times, with favorable results.


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    I do not see why not... They can always say no.


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    You can always ask. I'm saddle shopping and saw one that was a bit beyond my budget, so I asked. They did come down a bit - I'm sure they have a number that the consignee has indicated is the lowest they'll go. I have no problem asking if there is room to negotiate.


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    I think there's nothing wrong with asking whether the seller will take $X, as long as you're polite about it.

    I've only done it once, but it worked for me when I bought a brown Prestige dressage saddle.
    Full-time bargain hunter.


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    Absolutely. I am sure the seller would rather entertain an offer than have no action at all.


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    Yes, same as in the store. The store can contact the consigner and ask if they'll accept a lower price. Most sellers would appreciate any offer, as long as it isn't so low it is wasting their time.


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    Thanks, all! I'm really not sure why I was hesitant I'm going to ask - it can't hurt!


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    Just be sure you do that up front, before they send the saddle for you to try.

    Not fair to have the saddle in your hands and then try to change the price they assumed you agreed to when you ordered it to try it.

    I have had some buyers try to do that, which to me, if they honestly think it is worth less once on hand or just trying to get it cheaper, sorry, that was not what we agreed up front, no sale.

    One good way to trade on price is to ask "what is the least you would take?" and see what they say.
    If there is room to trade but the seller is not committing to a figure, then make an offer.


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    @Bluey - oh, that's awful! No, this would def be up front before any shipping! I wouldn't even think to do that - people!



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