How do you feel when someone asks you to drop a price even just 50 dollars because that is all they can afford? Does it bother you? Do you drop the price? How do you respond to them?
A friend is selling her dalmations and someone just asked her to drop 50 dollars on the price. They said that is all they can afford. Then if that is the case how are they going to pay for vet bills? She does not want to be rude, so she did not say that. Do you think you should say that to someone? It just seems everyone always wants you to drop your price.
That is after she had them fill out her application and everything. I guess people dont realize what it costs to raise pups!
I wanted to give her some pointers on how to handle people from now on with asking for a discount.
What's wrong with asking how they are going to afford food, toys, leash, collar, vet bills, emergencies, etc? I think a lot of people decide they want a dog and then go out and get a dog without putting any research into how much they really cost. Sometimes, that's just the information they need and who better to give them that information than a breeder who knows first hand?? Besides, I think a breeder would want to sell their dog to someone who is going to be able to care for it correctly and give it proper medical attention, etc. Sometimes the truth might sound rude, but it's still the truth and needs to be spoken. I guess I've watched Animal Cops one too many times and listened to someone using the excuse, "I didn't have the money" as the reason why their animal is almost dying and they haven't bothered to take it to the vet. Maybe that could be a question in her application? Something like, "Do you realized the cost associated with owning a dalmation?" or "How much do you expect to spend on a dalmation in a year?" I'm sure there's other ways to word it...but those are some ideas. Hope it helps.
Also if they dont care enough for the dog to pay the asking price how can they feed the dog if they cant even afford another $50.00?Not to mention the shots and other health care costs that come.
Everyone on earth has 24 hours 7 days a week and he will find the other $50.00 in the future to finish paying off the dog if he wants it bad enough.
And another factor could be, HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT TO GET YOUR PUPPIES A NEW HOME? If your friend is in a hurry to move the puppies out, then she will do what her heart says to do.
Some people who dont really care for the dog will beg for you to lower your price because they simply dont feel your dog is worth the asking price. Some people beg for a lower price simply because they dont want to spend that type of money on a dog at all.
Some people will walk away from you if you tell them you will NOT LOWER the price of the dog, those are the 3 type of people who care the very least about any dog at all.
Anyone coming to view the puppies knowing the asking price should have no problem at all paying the asking prices of your puppies because without question they are already in love with the puppy they are paying you for.
If they have a problem with your price they can always go somewhere else.
If I was the breeder I would not sell the puppy to this person. I'd be afraid of the well being of the dog. They'll buy the cheapest food. Skip vacinations and heaven forbid if the dog needs medical attention. I would always be worrying about the dog. Even if she came up with the money I'd back out of the sale.
if they can not afford the price of the dog then maybe they should rethink about getting one.cause maybe somewhere down the line they mihgt say i can't afford dog food or medical care then what happens to the dog. they should just probably not get the dog no matter how cute .
She should ask them what they would do if vet bills came up. One of my idiot friends is looking for a dog and he keeps saying they cost to much. I asked him what he would do if the dog got sick or had hip problems(cuz he wanted a cheap lab) nad he said they would just get it pts. So no,I would never go down on price and I would try to assure that they have the means to care for a dog.
From an owner's point of view, I wouldn't quibble over $50, but some poodle breeders now demand a letter from your groomer before they will sell you a pup.
I am disabled and groom my dogs myself. I have attended grooming school and have all the equipment. I don't own the standard grooming table, because it is too hard for me to stand at one. Instead, I have a heavy metal table low enough for me to sit at when I groom.
Paying someone else to groom my dogs would cost me about $600 per year. I prefer to spend that money on premium dog food, vet care, new clipping blades, etc.
My dogs are groomed much more often because I do it myself.
Breeders who charge upwards of $1,000 for a pup have refused to sell to me because I am on a budget.
If the people are that ignorant, and on a "budget" they deserve a honest answer, one that is not sugar coated and do not need to have one of your friends puppies.
So she can feel guilty and worry about the dogs futures? I'm glad they go to the people who can afford to care for them. They are not yard sale items to haggle over, they are living creatures that deserve the same things that humans do. To be healthy, happy and have nice things and a good life.
Give me that ladies number, if she is too nice to say it I will do it for her. lol
She should not be afraid to grow a backbone, and do those puppies right. There are ways to say it without sounding rude, or know i allish. Although I don't know how expecting the best for each of your dogs is rude or know it allish.....
I paid FULL PRICE to my friend (a very good friend!) and her mother for my pup. I would never expect a discount and I never thought twice about how I spent my money as far as purchasing my pets (well four of the six were bought, the cats were both rescues) and all of the things I have bought for them. It shows that I am capable and responsible and they enjoy the fact that their baby got a good home and mommy.
Recently I had someone from CA interested in one of my pups, which was clearly priced on my website and the site they responded to. That did NOT include shipping, before it got very far, they were concerned about the total price for pup and shipping. I told them then to please consider other cheaper puppies(not mine), because there was more to new puppy care than the puppy and shipping. Not to be mean, but even if I eventually lower the price (normally if they still haven't found a home by 13 weeks, which is rarely), I will still make sure the family can provide for the pup. I don't mean rich, just provide good care, food and vet expenses.
Every one is on a budget except Paris Hilton. Some people always ask for a better price. The worse they can say is no and often they will come down. Just because I offer you less money dosen't mean I dont have the full price just that I'd rather have 50 in my pocket than yours. All your friend has to say is no.
I recently had a breeder lower the price on the puppy I purchased. I had actually written to her because I was surprised the pup (4 1/2 months old) was still available. I had told her "If I had known the pup was still available I would have tried for her the prior month, but I had two girls due to be spayed and started on Heartguard Plus as well as their VPI insurance and couldn't swing it at this time. I would contact her again later because I would do no less for a new member of my family". She wrote back that she would consider reducing the price IF she felt the puppy was going to a good family home. The puppy joined our family in April. She's a love and she got to us in time to go and get spayed with her new sisters (in May). Her price was lowered just enough that I was able to work the spaying, Heartguard and the VPI all within a few weeks.
Funny thing - I was feeding better qualiy food than the breeder. Guess it's because I had less mouths to feed. :)
Maybe it was a gut feeling for the breeder, maybe it was the age of the puppy. I don't really know. My girls are spoiled by a lot of peoples standards, but I don't really think so. The sleep in the house at night (yes, sometimes on mom and dad's bed), they have a dog run in the backyard when we aren't home. The backyard is fully fenced for play, when we are home and there's plenty of shade.
***Edited By: wolf256wolf on 9/7/2005 2:18:36 PM*** Reason: +++
i agree with thylinda. i think a lot of the ones that want to haggle over the price, arent doing it because they dont have the money. they are just trying to save a buck. they are probably masters at garage sales ! lol .an easy solution is to state the price and that you are firm on it and thats the final of it. period. if they are not happy with the price they have the option to look elsewhere.
"Some people always ask for a better price. The worse they can say is no and often they will come down. Just because I offer you less money doesn't mean I dont have the full price just that I'd rather have 50 in my pocket than yours. All your friend has to say is no."
I guess it really depends on whether the breeder feels you will be a good forever home and provide all that is needed. Even though I received a lowered price, I don't think I would do it if I were the breeder. Maybe if the sale is local and I could check the human out. Your friend might politely tell the person that a deposit will hold the puppy for "X" time frame, to allow them to work within their budget (if thats really the problem). Or simply tell them the pup is no longer available (at least to them).
When I made the decision to start looking for My Weim, I checked out numerous breeders, their price, guarantee, etc... I found breeders on both ends of the spectrum, some wanting $1500 and some wanting $300.
I had determined that I needed to figure on a total budget for the dog, estimating vet expense, purchasing equipment (leash, crate, toys, etc), obediance training and if I wanted to get the pet insurance (which I am).
Knowing that the purchase of the dog would be the greatest expense, I decided that I could manage this so I contacted a breeder who had a good guarantee, who is relativley local (4 hour drive) and the price is $800 for the dog.
After speaking with her numerous times, she accepted me / my family as a future home for one of her pup's, so at that time I started shopping for the equipment that is going to be needed (as I haven't had a puppy/dog for a long time).
After doing this I still have plenty of money to pay the price for the dog and vet expenses, buy food, set him up for obedience training and get the pet insurance.
All I need to do now is pick him up in 9 days and shower him with lots of love.
I bought both of my dogs from someone at the flea market and they weren't cheap but were certified healthy and we had to take them to the vet within 7 days of the purchase, which I did with 24 hours plus had to pay for. I love my 2 dogs and my new puppy I just got.
My female will be spayed on the 30th and I am not raising anymore puppies for a very long time.
Although I do have room for one more dog in my life, I am going to wait at least a yr before getting another one.And even then I'll think long and hard about it.
It is going to cost me a bundle of money as it is getting who I have all their shots and operations needed for spay and nueturing this month. As I want to have my new puppy ROSCO nuetered the 30th too.But he may not be old enough yet. But I will keep my registered mini pin in tact for breeding (but will probly never end up breeding him out)
I can not wait for the days ahead when its all in the past and everyone is all caught up on everything! At least for a year LOL!
As a reputable breeder I have turned down people who ask this not because Im out of pocket $50 but because deep down there is another aspect of the buyer that shoots a red flag. For instance, my last litter of pyrs. I had a lady from CA that called me every 5 min. and wanted a puppy NOW and she wanted the Largest puppy and could I assure her it would be huge because she wanted it to be bigger than her friends pyr etc. When I would ask her if she was aware of what it took to raise a pyr indoors, the time the space etc. she would brush me off and go back to the same thing. "I want the biggest one and I want him shipped this week". WELL lady I dont quiet work that way. Then she wanted to know if she had it for several months and didnt like IT could she send it back. GEES...then all came to a head when she said "$800 is all I can pay and it must include the shipping" Well she does not set the terms, I do....so I called her back and I told her that based on our conversations I did not feel that she was ready to take in a pyr (or any dog for that matter) in her home. She was furious but you know I can sleep at night knowing that my puppy ended up with a great family with 4 girls and they are wonderfull and love samson to death. On the flip side, I have people who will buy a puppy from me and decide they want another puppy from me and I WILL sell the second puppy for 1/2 the price because I want them to go to a family I already know. So its not about the money its about the person and what type of skeletons they may have. I take pride in my dogs, I take good care of them. They are my companions and friends and in return its my job to find good suitable homes for my puppies.
My ex husband and i had a litter of chihuahua puppies we couldnt keep, so we decided to sell them for $100, since they weren't registered or anything... well this couple gave us 50 in cash and 50 in a check which was a future date, as they were not well off...
well my ex husband took the cash and left me the check
i was so mad i thought about trying to cash it a few more times just to cost them more money
i just hope the cute little puppy (we named pumkin as he was born on halloween) was ok since they were so freaking poor...
I do not generally go down in price. Once I had a dog(not a puppy) I was asking $250 for. Well, a girl called and only wanted to pay $100, saying she could not afford more!! when I declined she hung up on me. she was mad because I would not take less. Well I am sorry but I did not know her, and what kind of home would he have had?? IF I know the person and am positive they will give it a good home, I will allow them to buy one for about $50 off the price of the puppy. I will never go under $250 for a pup though($250 is my price for a pup that might have a bad tail, or something else wrong)