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Lil Residents and Medstudents...
Dr. J. saw one at Target a few weeks ago but they sold out before he could get there without Lil Medstudent in tow, so as to provide plausible deniability for the Turkey Fairy. So Dr. J. figured he could hit Toys-R-Us under the aegis of parking the car.
When he gets to Toys-R-Us, he made a beeline for the Lego section and found what he was looking for, and it was listed at $59.99. That's $10 more than retail, and $20 more than Target, Walmart, and Amazon.com. Everything else, as best he could tell, were on sale or at worst, listed at retail price. But an effective 50% markup? Really? No frickin' way.
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Dr. J. had a few options:
- Pay up
- Order on Amazon and suck it up regarding the two-day shipping.
- Hit a Target and figure out which nearby one has them in stock.
Given that all of them sucked and Dr. J. was pressed for time, he said, let's try haggling, and then walking away if that didn't work.
Dr. J. was polite, and kind, but firm. He told the cashier that he had three different stores listing the price at $39.99, and he showed her the Amazon, Walmart and Target prices loaded on his iPhone and informed her that for Target that was also the in-store price. One Target was sold out, but he was going to ferret it out if need be, and also mentioned that the inconsistent price variability on Legos at Toys-R-Us was insane (some things 25% off, others marked up 50%). She summoned her manager who was already five minutes late trying to leave. She looked at the prices I pulled, mentioned something about not having anything to do with Corporate pricing policy, and knocked $20 off the price. Frankly, Dr. J. would have settled on the $49.99 retail. He is fair-minded that way. He would have burnt $10 in gas driving around looking for the darned thing, or paid that much in shipping from Amazon.
The lesson is, you can always haggle, if you are nice about it (Dr. J. was the nicest customer all day according to the cashier), and have your facts lined up, even if they're on your iPhone.