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post #11 of 14 Old 02-16-2012, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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I would like to offer less than the asking price because the less I spend on his initial price the more I can spend on future tack, shows, future lessons, etc.
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post #12 of 14 Old 02-16-2012, 08:52 PM
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You need to decide on a dollar amount you are willing to spend before you get into haggling. This is important, so you don't spend more than you can afford if emotions get in the way.
When you talk to the seller, (and in person is always best) you should be armed with cash and a pen and paper.
It is ok to offer below the asking price, but you don't want to go too lowball, unless their asking price is truly outrageous. So you need to have done research on what the going price is on a horse of a similar age, level, and temperment.
When I make the offer is when I pull out the cash. It doesn't have to be the full amount, but a healthy deposit.
ie I will offer you $2800 for him, and here is $500 to hold him.
You can offer below your top price, but don't let yourself be persuaded higher.
Then you can draw up a receipt on the spot for the deposit.

The cash in hand is how I got my horse Gunner. Someone had already seen him, and was going to come back the following day with her trainer. She was really interested, and would prob have paid full price.
But money talks, and when I flashed the money at the seller, she caved pretty quickly, even though what I offered was a few hundred less.
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cash in hand does all the talking
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post #14 of 14 Old 02-17-2012, 06:58 AM
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This is what I did. I told the owner that I do not like the back and forth and I would give her this amount for the horse. I listed the reasons why. I did not go low enough that she would feel she would need to ask for more and I told her the price that I would firmly end up with. May have backfired but it did not.

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