I don’t consider myself a seasoned thrifter and I may not know all the ins and outs of thrifting but I will share all I’ve learned and what I know.
Probably because I grew up in the Philippines and since I’m a bargain-hunter, I shop at bazaars or fairs. These are markets with rows and rows of stalls selling anything under the sun. And every price is negotiable! This is where I’ve honed my skills and thickened my skin in asking for a discount.
I used to travel a lot to Thailand back when I was living in Manila and up to now I can still remember my favorite Thai words “Lot Noi Dai Mai” which means “give me a discount please?”. And these are meant to be spoken in the sweetest possible way.
The worst thing that can happen is a NO reply. But you will never know until you ask, right?
eBay has an option for Best Offer and Craigslist is famous for the 3 letter acronym OBO (Or Best Offer). These big platforms acknowledge discounting so rest assured it’s part of buying and selling. Most especially for second hand items, prices are much more negotiable.
What scenarios will give you a higher success rate?
– If you’re buying multiple items
– If you’re buying at the end of the day
– If upon further inspection, item is slightly damaged or missing some pieces
– Just because. Some sellers price their items knowing buyers will request for a discount.
This maxi dress that I’m wearing is from Goodwill and I fell in love with the colors and pattern. It was my size and the only thing wrong is that it has an unfinished hem. I knew I can easily bring it to my neighborhood tailor for repair. Or I could do it on my own which could probably take a long time since the sewing machine I received as a gift is still in its box.
At the checkout counter, I asked the cashier for a discount citing that the hem needs to be fixed. She called the manager and they brought down the price to $3.99! It was originally priced at $7.99 and I will buy it even if I do not get the discount. But see where it got me just by asking?
Twirling with happiness! Dress and shoes are thrifted. Necklace from eBay.
Do you ask for discounts when you’re shopping? Give it a try next time and tell me all about it. Good luck!
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