Everyone knows that Sports Authority is going out of business right?
I went into one of my two local SA stores and found their discounts to be anemic – 10 to 30% off msrp. Hardly enough to make a profit on Amazon.
My question is should I wait for the discounts to drop or go in and try to negotiate bigger discounts for for a large purchase now?
Most large businesses that go out of business use a third party to liquidate everything. They have a very structured discount time line. Often you can negotiate for fixtures and supplies up front (pick up after they close) but regular merchandise is what it is. They often bring in a bunch of junk merchandise to try and sell while they are closing down as well. Now it never hurts to ask so I’d give it a try anyway!
The store closing by me has a structured discount timeline where readjustments happen every Friday until the last piece is closed. Employees will help you. Example – my phone will ring one hour before the store opens on the day the GoPro’s hit the discount number I need to buy them out. And when I say talk to employees, I mean speak to EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE. You’d be amazed what they tell you. And when you get tipped off and it benefits you – reward the employee that tipped you off. Remember – they are losing their current jobs.
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