Yep, everything is truly negotiable. Even frozen meat.
My First Meat Truck Experience
Have you ever bought anything off of a frozen meat truck? I hadn’t either until last November. But one those went cruising around our neighborhood on Black Friday and made me a deal I couldn’t resist.
They were having a half-off sale, so their beef box was $185 instead of $375. I hesitated and asked if they could do any better, and they came down to $150. It may be lazy, but I jumped on it since I would have paid at least $115 at our Kroger for the same cuts and these were all individually freezer packed for us, which is priceless since I hate using our vacuum sealer. Plus, we each can have whatever cut we crave on any given night.
But we have eaten more than half of all of that, so I was thinking about calling again. I think this other company somehow read my mind…
Meat Haggling Again
Yesterday, the main competitor of the guys I bought from last November knocked on my door. They handed me their brochure and they really had nearly identical options. But their “special” was to buy a beef box and get a box of chicken, pork, or seafood free. I didn’t want any of those. And their beef box was $349!
I said that I loved beef but I couldn’t pay more than I did last time and explained my last experience. I also asked if they would wait for a second while I grabbed my receipt and brochure from November (I am actually finally organized enough to know where I put it!). So I grabbed that proof and handed it over.
The more experienced of the two sales guys made a big deal of “matching their competitor’s prices” and offered me the beef box for $150 while mumbling to the new guy that they usually should stick to around $180. I don’t know if I was supposed to hear that last part or not, but it did make me feel good. So well played, sir!
Spending $150 on individually packaged beef cuts may seem crazy to a lot of you, but that is not the overall point I am aiming for. Please keep in mind that everything is negotiable – even frozen meat. And not just a little negotiable – A LOT NEGOTIABLE. They probably list $350 and aim to get at least 50%-75% of that ($175-$250). It paid to keep my receipt from my last purchase. It also paid to simply let them know what I needed in order to work out a deal.
Have you haggled lately? Buy anything off of frozen meat trucks?
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