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    What do you do when someone tries to haggle a business transaction?

    This is a corporate housing rental. The guy that contacted me lives in this town. His company has rented off and on from me about 20x in the last few years. But this guy was asking for a discount for 2 guys coming here to sharing a place for a month. I told him to call the Holiday Inn and ask them for a discount. Holiday Inn would be $700/week, I'm $400.

    So after the conversation I wanted to tell him this. I'll bring 2 pairs of boxing gloves and headgear. We box until one of us touches a body part other than a foot on the ground. If he can knock me down, I'll give him 50% off the first week rent. If I knock him down, he has to pay an extra 50%. I've got 2" and 75 pounds on the guy, plus I box and lift.

    If boxing is too violent, I would offer to wrestle him. First one to pin the other wins. Same deal with the rent. I used to wrestle.

    If wrestling is too much of a contact sport, I'd take him to a gym and see who can bench press 225 pounds for the most reps. Pretty sure I'd win at that too.

    If lifting is too much, I would offer to shoot pistol, rifle or shotgun to see who is the best marksman. Pretty sure I'd win at that too.

    So what do you do when they ask for a discount?
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    Originally Posted by paulinkansas View Post
    This is a corporate housing rental. The guy that contacted me lives in this town. His company has rented off and on from me about 20x in the last few years. But this guy was asking for a discount for 2 guys coming here to sharing a place for a month.

    "Sorry our prices are fixed".


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    Originally Posted by LurkoLantern View Post
    "Sorry our prices are fixed".


    No need to put your unprofessionalism or insecurities on a loudspeaker for him (or us) to hear.
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    This company takes about 30 days to pay their rent. I normally get a weeks rent up front each week from other renters. The guy that contacted offered to pay the advance rent today. So I told him I left some Kansas beer in the fridge for his out of state guys.

    A few hours later he asks me if I have another place for 2 more guys. I did, about 30 yards away from the first 2 guys. They are taking it tomorrow.

    Now every available apartment is rented or spoken for. I thought about throwing a cookout tomorrow. Hamburgers, chips, keg of beer. One of the renters wife has already offered to do the food prep and cooking for a cook out. I've got about 10 gas or charcoal grills at the apartments.

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    Originally Posted by paulinkansas View Post
    This is a corporate housing rental. The guy that contacted me lives in this town. His company has rented off and on from me about 20x in the last few years. But this guy was asking for a discount for 2 guys coming here to sharing a place for a month. I told him to call the Holiday Inn and ask them for a discount. Holiday Inn would be $700/week, I'm $400.

    So after the conversation I wanted to tell him this. I'll bring 2 pairs of boxing gloves and headgear. We box until one of us touches a body part other than a foot on the ground. If he can knock me down, I'll give him 50% off the first week rent. If I knock him down, he has to pay an extra 50%. I've got 2" and 75 pounds on the guy, plus I box and lift.

    If boxing is too violent, I would offer to wrestle him. First one to pin the other wins. Same deal with the rent. I used to wrestle.

    If wrestling is too much of a contact sport, I'd take him to a gym and see who can bench press 225 pounds for the most reps. Pretty sure I'd win at that too.

    If lifting is too much, I would offer to shoot pistol, rifle or shotgun to see who is the best marksman. Pretty sure I'd win at that too.

    So what do you do when they ask for a discount?

    Wow that was embarrassing to read.

    If you’re asking what I WOULD DO.

    I would say this.

    I appreciate the interest in the unit for your out-of-town colleagues. We don’t normally offer discounts, but since you have continued to use us over the past few years, I can take 10% off this one time for your guests if it will help you out.




    That’s exactly what I would do. I like to offer small concessions so the buyer feels like they got a victory.
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