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Bargaining is rude and it just might work

May 13th, 2009
by Allison Kaplan

At an event for local retailers this week, Bay Street Shoes president Darrel Besikof expressed dismay at the way customers today will brazenly pick up a full price item and shout out an offer. He gets offended. Frustrated. Even hurt. But sometimes, if the offer is reasonable, he’ll take it.
In this economy, Besikof says he either had to power up, or get out. He is building a brand new store at Calhoun Square, twice the size of the old one. It is expected to open in the fall.

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One Response to “Bargaining is rude and it just might work”

  1. Judy Moe says:

    It’s about time that Bay Street Shoes opens a bigger store. You can’t ever have too much of a good thing.
    I thought I’d mention that at the Mall of America I’ve noticed that you can almost always bargain with the owners of the kiosks(or carts), located in the hallways. Many of the carts are independently owned(as opposed to being owned my a corporation, i.e. Rosetta Stone, etc.)
    Several times I have pointed out, to the cart owners, that there is a better deal somewhere else in the mall. They usually will match that price or give a lower price. Most cart owners will give you a discount if you buy more than one item as well.
    You don’t have to get pushy or anything – just ask.
    I have done this with carts at the Mall of America with items such as cell phone skins & jewelry.
    - Judy

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