Did you dress to get the best deals this morning? Everyone knows that you dress well for interviews to make your best impression and get that all important job. You want to look your best and make a positive impression on the person who will interview you. The first 30 seconds often makes the impression that will count with the people who will interview you, some times before you even open your mouth to say hello. They will observe how you are dressed, whether you are well manicured, whether your hair is neat and tidy and whether your clothes are great looking. They do not have to be expensive, but they have to be great looking, they have to be clean and they have to match.
Dress to Get the Best deals
Dose the same apply when you are looking for a great deal when you are buying something? How about a car, a home or purchasing furniture? Assuming that you are going to negotiate the best deal you can, what is the impact of buying something when you look your best? How much will you pay?
Dress Down to Negotiate
We happen to think that you should dress down to get a good deal. Again first impressions make an impact on the sales person and the person who approves the deal. If they think you are well heeled they may not be quite as willing to lower the price in order to close the deal. There are many factors that go into whether you can negotiate a better deal. We just happen to think that if you dress expensively, you are going to pay more than the guy who is not dressed as well. Why would they cut you a deal when you look like you can afford it?
Look like you do not have $$$ to be able to afford the deal. Remember that the sales person wants to close the deal, they want to make a sale and they want to extract as much money as they can from you. If they think that you can afford it in addition to really wanting whatever you are buying, chances are they will hold out based on the feeling that you can afford it!
Experiment to See what Kind of A Deal You Can Get
If you look well off they will ask for more. It is that simple. What do you think about this thought and have you tried buying something at different stores based on how you are dressed? Try negotiating for the same product at two different stores and see if the way you are dressed makes a difference in the price you are offered.
You may be surprised at how much less you pay when you are well dressed compared to when you are not. This only works of course where the price is negotiable and the person you are dealing with has the authority to negotiate. If you are dealing with some who does not have the authority, ask to speak to someone who does and then see what happens! It does not always work, bit often enough it does and you save money as a result.