this week i somehow ended up talking to different people about blagging a good bargain and whether it works or not and it got me thinking...working in retail, i've seen more people than ever before lately ask for money off items or for freebies when they're purchasing..i suppose everyone is willing to push the boundaries of how much their hard earned euro is going to work for them , safe in the knowledge that stores are desperate for any kind of transaction these days as well as an 'i've got nothing to lose by asking' attitude...
i've always been mortified to ask for freebies/discounts , purely on the basis that i don't want to be a cheapskate and put someone in that awkward position not to mind the fact that i would turn purple if they refused...but i'm as broke as the next student and deided (for the good of retail science ofcourse) to conduct an experiment...i headed to 3 department stores in the city as well as an online retailer to see how much bang i could get for my buck..
the item in question is a new new fragrance,
€68 and left me to my decision
brown thomas €68.70 but also showed me a larger box set with an added handbag sized perfume included for a bit more expense wise , so it didn't tick the blagging box exactly
theperfumeshop.com offer the set at €60.23 , but i couldn't ask for any better deal what with the cyberspace division between us
and then i headed to debenhams.. while i had a squirt of the fragrance, the sales person approached me and showed me the set for €68 and told me that if i signed up for a debenhams card, i would recieve 10 % off and the card would allow me to build up points (like tesco etc..) now the set was going to cost €61.20...seeing me unsure she told me that if i decided to go for it , she would make up a goody bag for me too, including sjp's tote for her new fragrance as well as several perfume testers etc...now that is bang for a bit of blag!
so, depending on the shop , the item you are buying and your ability to ask and expect more from stores, you really can blag a bargain - well worth knowing with christmas coming up...i'm converted! go forth, fellow shoppers, and blag!