Haggling at JB Hi-Fi in 2020

Hi guys,

I'm new to laptops and want to find one which can handle my video editing and a couple of fps games like Valorant and PUBG. I have had a look at their websites and there is this HP Omen 15 2020 for $1699. I'm tending to try to bring it down to 1550 (about 10% off) because it only has a 256gb SSD storage instead of 512gb like other computers at the same price. The reason that I still want to go for the HP is because of the design which doesn't look too bulky like other gaming computers. Is there still anyone out there trying to haggle stuff like this at JB? And if yes are there any tips on getting that done?

Sorry for posting this haggling post on and make anyone uncomfy but the last one was 2018 which is probably outdated by now. I just want to know whether if it is still possible in 2020 or not.

Thanks!

Link to the laptop: https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/hp-omen-15-en0028ax-15-6-...

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  • When I haggle they always scan the product and tell me the best price they can do, not sure if that's a ploy or not

    • Hmm…Yep I think so. They probably have a limit on how much they can drop it down to on the system because the company may not want to bring the salesperson in a hard situation when they have to decide it themselves?

    • Maybe I look more desperate than you, but they always give me something off. But why buy from JB in the first place when it's almost always even cheaper online somewhere else.

      • Yes, I did have a look thru other computer retailers, but when I search on gg for "is … legit?" and it normally comes with some bad ratings, about 2-3 stars, especially with centre.com, MSY, CPL, budget pc,… So I'm pretty concerned. I don't want to lose this amount of money because I have been saving it up for ages. I don't live in Melbourne or big cities, so part of the reason could be they may ship me a broken laptop and I will have to post it again which takes lots of time.

        Anyways long story short, I'm trying to play safe, rather buy the computer + an external SSD Hard Drive than lose both your money and time

  • 5% jb gift cards if you have access to them

  • You never know if you don't ask. the worst they can do is make you pay the advertised price, at which point you can just walk away. Black Friday is a month away if you can wait.

    • I will ask eventually, I just need to look for tips on how to do it because this would be my first time doing that. Thus, I need it just 2 weeks before Black Friday for a project so I have to buy it really soon. I have been coming in and out the store a couple of times, trying to talk to one of them and let them show me the laptops but haven't met the 'ideal' one to actually go on a deal with. =)))

      • +3 votes

        With that attitude the sale person can already smell your fear and may even increase the price by selling you extended warranty coverage! LOL

        Like others have said, can you not just ask them "can you do a better price?", if they can't just walk, try again at another store or another sales person on another day/hour.

        Do you have some fear of rejection?

        hmmm… I see "Member Since" < 24h…

        • Do you have some fear of rejection?

          Are you the alpha male among your friends? 😉

        • @SF3 Thanks for that. Yes, I am a newbie and I have just started looking into techies stuffs. That's why my account looked so new =)

          • @minhdubaii: I think you are seeking courage. You may have thought this place is Wizard of OzBargain.

            🥇 to give you the courage you seek.

            Just ask honestly, "what is the best price you can do for me?" and if they ask you how much, say $1500 (always try going a bit lower) and see if they will accept or come back with a counter offer… worst case is no deal and you walk away, but you can search for other laptops with similar specs and maybe at lower price? Do you have to get an HP, if not you'll have more options?

            • @SF3: Thank you! The only three laptops at the same price range that fits what I want is the Asus TUF A15, the MSI Alpha 15, and the HP Omen 15 2020. If I don't succeed in securing a deal, then I might have to buy online, maybe on centre.com or Umart. But anyways cheers, I appreciate it :)

  • I just want to know whether if it is still possible in 2020 or not.

    …it's not illegal to ask. You won't be stoned if you ask. It's also dependent on sales person and margins on product, so just because one gave me $x price, doesn't mean your store will give you the same.

    I just need to look for tips on how to do it

    Start by asking what their best price is?

  • hey, literally was looking at the same thing, it's in their catalogue (pg 8) for $1444 but not on their website for some reason.

    https://catalogue.jbhifi.com.au/2020/10/15-oct-mm-nat/8/inde...

    • Because that catalogue finished on the 19th of October.

      • Front page says Starts Thursday 15/10/2020, Ends Wednesday 28/10/2020.?

        • Top of page 8 says 15% off gaming laptops, ends 19/10.

          Guess the gaming laptops are only on sale for 4 days?

          • @AdosHouse: Good spotting! I guess so. Gives a good price point to haggle for

            • @whitelie: Indeed, probably get them to match that price in-store.

              • @AdosHouse: Depends on sales staff. It could be a suppliers special at that time. I think timing is part of it as well. Suggest OP go in shop at a quite time. My wife went in asking a price match on a previous Amazon price. Was a model being run out, so sales person also keen to get rid of stock. If you do go in with intent to actually buy you might get a better price. They will ask if they give you a good deal would you buy now.

  • Worked in retail:

    Managers are told the cost.

    Sales are told a higher cost.

    Shop owners are told the true cost PLUS extra reductions when the OEM wants to get them gone to release the next wave.

    Everyone tries to get a sliver of the perceived pie.

    PS: JB bought TGG a while ago, so running between is kind of a waste.

  • OP if you like the HP, maybe look at this too, specs are similar, except 8GB of RAM instead of 16GB, but it has 1x8GB module installed and you can fit another 8.

    https://www.umart.com.au/Asus-TUF-A15-15-6in-Ryzen-5-4600H-G...

    • I have heard about this Asus laptop before, but is it true that it has cooling issues that a Youtuber has pointed out?

      • No idea, just looked for a laptop with similar specs to the HP. Maybe check out some reviews.

  • I don't know if I've ever paid advertised price at jb. Tell them you'll take it for $1500.

  • Like with any haggle … tell them you would prefer the HP and would prefer to shop at JB, however you can get the same/better spec for a better price at another retailer. Ask them what they can do. Tell them you're looking for $1,500 and if they can get that through you'll take it. They'll either do it or that won't then it's back in your court.

  • I simply just ask nicely "do you think you can do a better price on this?" They either say they can't or they say they'll have a look to see what they can do and offer you a lower price. I've never had anyone been rude to me or made any comments etc for asking that.

    • Yeah, I think it should work that way. Some say just use what people called the "polite language" like "Could you do this for $xxx?" or "I only have $xxx on cash, do we have a deal?" I think this only applies to local businesses, not really big companies anymore… But anyways, thank you for that!

      • "I only have $xxx on cash, do we have a deal?

        This is a line I'd never use because I think it comes across as BS and I think they might think you're treating them as an idiot.

        I think this only applies to local businesses, not really big companies anymore… But anyways, thank you for that!

        Why would you think it only works at local businesses? I use it everywhere - JB, HN, Myer, wherever I decide to go. Actually, I don't even remember when the last time the salesperson I asked said no.

        • Ohhh okay! Hmm…the person I asked said that since they will still have to pay tax even if they receive the money in cash comparing to small businesses when they can maybe …. "sneak thru" that amount of tax. Correct me if I'm wrong again =))) Sorry I'm so dumb at this.

          • @minhdubaii: Nah, it's got nothing to do with taxes or anything.

            All you need to worry about is whether they're willing to lower the final amount that you'll be paying out of your pocket.

          • @minhdubaii: Yeah, the bit about "paying in cash" is not relevant for large chains from a tax perspective, but I think what @bobbified was actually getting at is that it's just a BS move.

            Oh, you've "only" got $1,500 cash on you? You're actually rocking around with $1,500 cash on you? And you "just happened" to be walking past when you saw this PC you just had to buy? You couldn't get to an ATM for another $50? You can't pay the other $50 on a card?

            Just put a price you'd be happy with to them and they either say yes, counter with an alternative offer, or tell you the price is fixed. Then make your call.

            • @Seraphin7:

              I think what @bobbified was actually getting at is that it's just a BS move.

              Yeh, that's right. None of us would like to be treated like an idiot, so no reason to treat other people like that.

          • @minhdubaii:

            Ohhh okay! Hmm…the person I asked said that since they will still have to pay tax even if they receive the money in cash comparing to small businesses when they can maybe …. "sneak thru" that amount of tax. Correct me if I'm wrong again =))) Sorry I'm so dumb at this.

            Maybe for sole traders, family business or street haggling. Not a huge asx company.

            • @Ughhh: @Seraphin7 @Ughhh @bobbidied Thank you so much for all of that. Your comments will definitely help me lots when going for it this weekend. Will update about how it goes on Sunday! Cheers