Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lila Dishes for MSN Money

Lila speaks to MSN Money about how to get a better deal at high-end boutiques and department stores.

Lila Delilah, the founder of Madison Avenue Spy, has found that boutiques offer discounts upon a hint. She was looking at a children's coat that was 30% off and remarked that she saw it for 50% off the previous season. The owner immediately offered an additional break.

"I have a friend that's been walking into every boutique she goes into and asking for the 'recession price.' Amazingly, she's getting 25% to 30% off just by asking for it," Delilah said.

When you're dropping a small fortune. At high-end department stores, if you spend more than $15,000 or $20,000 in a single visit, you can usually get 20% off the entire purchase, Delilah said.

"Stores that sell Christian Louboutin shoes, you can say, 'These are very expensive. Is there any way you could give me something off?'" Delilah said. "In this economy, everybody's looking to crack a deal. If you're 'spending bank,' there's going to be more flexibility."

Click here to read Katherine Reynolds Lewis' full article, which includes how to get better prices even at places like Costco and Kmart.

Do you ever haggle? Let us know about your great retail negotiations, in the comment section below.


Anonymous said...

I was in Jeffery looking at a pair of Prada shoes that were full price there but 50% off at Prada but Prada was sold out of my size. I tried them on and told them no b/c they were 50% off at Prada and would not pay full price. All the sudden a was offered a third off.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone actually succeeded in getting extra discounts at Louboutin boutiques? Seems like they refuse to buckle even under the greatest of pressures or the worst of economic calamities. I mean, they're having their usual end-of-season 40% sale and all on select styles, but from experience they refuse to go below 40% regardless of how much I buy and refuse to price-match other stores. Anyone experienced differently?