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Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Guppy, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Carlos840

    Carlos840 One Too Many

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    It's not really done in a lot of Europe and is often considered quite rude, be careful how you do it and who you do it to.
    My brother has a Bass guitar online shop and is always complaining about Americans thinking the sticker price doesn't apply to them. Over here if you want something, you pay the asking price, in the USA it's all about "getting a deal".
    (unless you are talking cars, houses, etc, or maybe bulk buying, but no one here would try to negotiate on a new jacket! That is seen as an American thing to do.)
     
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  2. JMax

    JMax Practically Family

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    Yes, it does depend on who and where and on what item. My wife, from Poland, negotiates everything. And I mean everything, except meals at a restaurant but I am not sure what she does when I am not around lol. To the point that even I feel a bit unsettled. She enjoys it and never takes it personally if she is told to bugger off. True believer in the "it never hurts to ask" and "its not what I spent rather what I saved" maxims.

    I always negotiate if I am making custom changes, especially a bunch of them. I do not usually negotiate on the sticker price of these jackets. Though sometimes I hem and haw until the seller offers up a discount on their own. I have also found that when I inquire about the costs of a jacket the seller/maker sometimes immediately offers up a small discount to hook me. Sadly I am weak and it usually works so I try not to ask.
     
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  3. Guppy

    Guppy One Too Many

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    I didn't "negotiate" as in haggle. But when I ordered my 3 Thedi jackets last year, I told him what I was interested in and asked what his price would be. I was happy with what he came back with, which was a good price. No haggling needed.

    We talked a lot more about linings, zippers, leather options, and fit. The good stuff. He responded reasonably quickly, except when he was recovering from a motorcycle accident, which was completely understandable, and always in good English. A pleasure to work with such a fine artisan and gentleman as Theodoros.
     
  4. JMax

    JMax Practically Family

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    Yes, negotiating is different from haggling. Haggling is annoying.
     
  5. Jejupe

    Jejupe One of the Regulars

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    This is also my experience of dealing with Theodoros. A true gentleman.

    I was initially little bit put off by the fact that Thedi Leathers doesn't have prices at their website. When I first contacted Theodoros, I asked a price for one jacket and then after a while I added a second jacket to my inquiry. He gave me a package price, which I accepted.

    Now its been two months since my order and I should receive my jackets within couple of weeks. Its interesting to see the outcome, as Theodoros said that they will have to make a new pattern for me, because none of their existing patterns (sizes) would be large enough for me (I have 49" chest).
     
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  6. Alz

    Alz One of the Regulars

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    Mate: I am Italian! It's always been a tradition to negotiate the price in all the southern Europe countries and it's still like that in many places. It was only with the big Malls opening that this "fixed price" stuff started.
     
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  7. Carlos840

    Carlos840 One Too Many

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    I didn't say it was like that everywhere in Europe, what i meant is that it's not something that is done everywhere and it can be taken badly if it isn't traditionally done in that area.
    No idea what it is like in Greece, but i suppose they are pretty easy going with that.
     
  8. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    Bargaining over price is not something I do often. It wasn't part of Australian culture when I grew up but it is more common these days. I think EBay changed people's thinking about buying and selling- so did immigration.
     
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  9. Mich486

    Mich486 One of the Regulars

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    I’m Italian too and to be honest I’ve never done it. I can see asking for a discount at the local shop when you buy lots of stuff and I see why the shop owner would do it (to have you come back) but these days i think my generation doesn’t even think about asking.

    I would say it’s more a thing of the past. Well if you commission three leather jackets at once like Guppy did I can see why asking for a little shave off the full price.


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  10. JMax

    JMax Practically Family

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    Theodoros responded to my inquiry about the denim/goatskin d pocket. The man is a gentleman. Looks like my end of year gift to myself is set. I “need” another lighter weight jacket for riding in the hotter months.
     
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