Negotiating Price at Verizon
I was eligible for an upgrade in January, and I have been waiting on the Charge/Bionic. I have decided to go with the Charge for various reasons. Has anyone had experience negotiating the price down at a Verizon store? Amazon currently has the phone for $200 with a new contract, but Verizon.com still has it at $250. I would prefer to buy it from the Verizon store. Does anyone think they will come down to $200 if I renew for 2 years with the unlimited data plan, or will the insist that $250 is the best they can do? Does anyone have any ideas or advice on how to go about negotiating? Thanks.
- 06-13-2011, 10:44 AM #2
I tried that approach and got shut down however on my way out to order from amazon a rep stopped me and said that weekend the charge would be on sale for $200 that weekend so just waited a couple of days. It def wouldnt hurt to bring up the amazon deal maybe you will get a sympathetic ear!
- 06-13-2011, 10:50 AM #4
My only issue with using Amazon was if I wanted to return the phone I couldnt just walk back into Verizon and hand it over, would have to mail it back in. After a week with the phone I found I could not part with it and went ahead and rooted and am not looking back. You will def love it!
- 06-13-2011, 10:51 AM #5
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I've also tried negotiating at verizon with no luck. If you are going to take this approach, also try verizon's 800 number. I can't say with certainty, but I think they have more leeway than the actual stores do, I've gotten them to do things for me that the verizon store reps said couldn't be done period. I ended up using amazon, because after tax and the price difference its over $100 saved. Like the post above me says, its not so great if you have to return the phone for a replacement, but Amazon has great customer service, from my experience they've been far more helpful and knowledgeable than verizon customer service. They also overnight replacements or anything you need after your initial purchase.
- 06-13-2011, 11:05 AM #6
Another questions you guys might can answer.
If I go to purchase this at the Verizon store, can they charge it to my account? I would like to go ahead and get the phone now, but I will not have the money to pay for it for about three more days. Do I have to pay for the phone when I purchase it or can it be charged until the end of the month?
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- 06-13-2011, 06:54 PM #14
There are many things that Costco can't be beat for. As a small business owner, my expenses for routine office supplies and technology would be 30% higher without Costco. Plus their AmEx card gives me 5% rebates on fuel and 2% on most other purchases.
IMO, any small businessperson should be a Costco Executive member. It's a great deal.
And yes, I got my Charge at Costco!
- 06-16-2011, 12:59 AM #15
- 06-16-2011, 12:18 PM #16
Prices on high end phones are typically hard to change because the retail cost for these devices is so high, so the margins are slimmer than normal. Because of this, most stores are unwilling to modify the price (unless you are doing a multi-smartphone line business deal or something crazy) though a lot of them could offer you a discount on accessories.
Going over the phone you might have a better chance, but in reality, the prices on phones are pretty much set in stone, the accessories are where you have some wiggle room.
- 06-16-2011, 02:27 PM #17
Ya, I paid $299 at the VZ store 2 days ago because the manager let me up grade after a year and a half into a 2 year plan. Which I thought was a win/win for the store and myself. They get me for another 2 year plan.
The first clerk I talked with wanted to charge me the full retail $570 haha. I said I'd rather pay the $250 term fee and go with a new plan on ATT for another device and I'd still come in a lot cheaper.
I figure at least the Charge is 4G and for the extra $50 or so at least it finally got me away from my BB Bold device.
Funny how some go with a $49 iphone which is already 2 years old and then lock into another 2 year plan which puts them now 4 years behind the technology curve. And VZ will not have new every two anymore anyway.
$200-250 is a fair deal for this latest technology IMO.
- 06-17-2011, 06:34 AM #18
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I've had zero luch negotiating price with verizon. ZERO. I did get lucky and hit up the LetsTalk.com memorial day sale, and stacked with a 20% coupon, and got the phone for $150. Sick price. The problem is the same with Amazon, where you have to send back to them for exchanges. I actually had to send the first one back due to a bad screen. I was w/o phone for 10 days. Small price to pay for $100 off.
- 06-17-2011, 08:11 AM #19
They said their tech support said my activation was stuck in the switch at VZ's circuitry. I don't buy that excuse. I think it was a defective "Charge" .
So I'd be worried about a good deal online because any new device can have issues especially being a new "4G" device.
Even VZ charges like 30 or 35 bucks to swap a phone you don't like during the first 14 days. I'd hate to pay shipping plus maybe a restock fee and then find your Charge defective or that you don't like it.
In my opinion it's cheaper in the long run to buy at a local VZ retailer store or a Costco etc.
- 06-20-2011, 01:39 PM #20
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No discounts at corporate stores.
Just some clarification on negotiating the price of the Droid Charge. Currently Verizon doesn't allow any discounts on 4G devices or iPhones. I know because I work there and know that if we discount it, the manager will get a "nice" email from leadership asking for an explanation as to why the device was discounted.
However, don't be discouraged. If you happen to have an employee discount on your account, then most likely you are able to get a discount on the phone. I've noticed that as much as $50 are being discounted. Just ask your sales rep. Also if you're buying accessories, try getting a discount on those; it shouldn't be difficult.
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