Ask and you shall receive, right?
Anyone who has never experimented with this mantra is missing out. It never ceases to amaze me how often I receive things at a discount simply because I asked for it. (Making deals with customers at my job has taught me that pretty much the price on anything is negotiable).
Well … this one has got to be up there as a shinning example of why you need to try this.
For a while now I noticed that my Comcast bill was too much. Whatever special promotion I had called and negotiated had expired a few months ago, and the bill sky-rocketed up to $195 per month for my cable and Internet. It was time to call them up and see if there was anything I could. And heaven forbid I take any lesser service!
However, I was going to war without a weapon. I needed some leverage if I was going to get what I wanted.
And that’s when I was going through the mail and got a solicitation from Direct TV for one of their packages. 205 channels for $35 per month with free installation and DVR. Even if you bundle this with Internet for another $60, that was still half what I was paying now. This was the bullet I needed.
I called up Comcast, made my way through the phone maze, and finally spoke to a real human being. I politely explained that I was happy with their service, but I got this great offer from Direct TV that was really making me re-consider. I then told them that although I didn’t expect them to price match, I did want to give them the opportunity to do better than $195. The service rep put me on hold …
… And then he came back with an offer: $99 per month for 12 months for the same thing.
I was both shocked and amused that Move Number 1 was to cut my price in half! But needless to say – I was pleased and took the counter-offer.
And just like that, I’ll now save almost $100 per month for the next 12 months – all for just asking. When we talk about figuring out ways to maximize your money in terms of “the least amount of effort” for “the maximum return”, this is one of those great things!
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