Don't be shy about asking for lower prices when shopping for every day items and gadgets. Consider this: when shopping for cars, most consumers have a back-and-forth with the dealer over price.
Now apply that same logic to shopping sprees in major chains and smaller stores.
DISCOUNT FOR DVD PLAYER
For example, today my husband purchased a portable DVD for one of our sons. (My son used a $50 gift card and other cash gifts to finance the purchase.) Unfortunately, his cash pool was short of the $149 sticker for the battery-operated, 7-inch DVD player.
Not to worry. Via cell phone, I told my husband to ask the store manager about future promotions for DVD players. We would just wait for the lower price.
"Hey, if the only thing holding you back is price, I can go lower," the store manager said.
He offered $119 and my husband accepted!
By the way, the manager explained that peers at his store and many others have authority to cut deals with inquiring consumers!
It pays to ask.