How much discount do you expect to get?

Malaysia
July 12, 2011 3:48am CST
My mom was quite mad when her sister who own an electrical shop gave her only 20 cents discount for a microwave oven value at $488.80. She has been complaining that her sister is so money minded and really mean business regardless who is her customer! How much discount to you expect to get from relatives or friends if you were to buy something from them ??
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@Jlyn10 (10481)
• Malaysia
12 Jul 11
I think the most they could give would be like 25% - 30%. I have stationery items that I am selling and the guy who supplied them to me gave me a 35% off from the retail price. So I get a 35% commission from what I sell.
• Malaysia
13 Jul 11
I think most goods sold have 10% - 30% profit margin, some could be more. But to give 20cents discount to own sister, is quite a joke!
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@Jlyn10 (10481)
• Malaysia
13 Jul 11
Yes, it is ashamed that you mom's own sister would do such a thing. I think other shops would give at least a 10% discount as they want you to come back to shop with them again.
• United States
12 Jul 11
For starters I would not expect any discount from my family member. I know just how hard times are right now. if she had bought that else where what discount would she have got. If you discount all your family members and you lose your store who will be there to help you get another one. Family will screw you faster than a stranger. They are also the ones always looking for something free. I would have done the same thing or even taken her to look for the micro wave at another store just too see how much discount she would have got. something is better than nothing. I sell stuff and my family does not look for a discount. My prices are low for everyone to buy and save not just my family. Fair is fair to all.
• Malaysia
13 Jul 11
I do agreed with you to a certain extend. Some people really do take advantages, but again when family members is concern, is a gesture and respect for giving more discounts than anybody else (I could be wrong, but these is practice in our chinese culture)I'm in business therefore I understand that there are truly some who would like to take advantages because of the relationship.
@bouncybug (615)
• South Africa
12 Jul 11
I think that your family should at least give you about a 20% discount. It seems pretty stingy of your aunt to only give your mom 20 cents!!! I mean, what does that even help at all? I guess I do understand though that business is business and if you are too generous at giving discounts to your family members, then they might take advantage and start getting all this stuff from you, that you are then losing out on profit for. So I think 20% is a fair discount price!
• Malaysia
13 Jul 11
Yes, my aunt is famous for her stinginess. People said those who are stingy usually are quite well to do, that's quite true for my aunt. She hardly eat out or spend her own sisters any meal or drink. When my mom invite her, she will suggest to eat at her house and that she will cook for them, really 'nice' of her! Of course, we're not expecting great discount nor on cost but definitely not 20cents discount.
@KrauseHome (33781)
• United States
22 Jul 11
Personally I think it would depend on what the item is, and if the relative is the owner or just an employee in that store, and what type of discount or benefit that they might be able to offer to you. Back when my sister worked for Jc Penney most of the time there was nothing she could do unless there were Employee discount days and then she would offer us a chance to get it too.
@moneywinner (1866)
• Brazil
13 Jul 11
Seriously? 20 cents can't even be considered as a discount! I would get really mad with my sister too if she only give me cents as discount. If it was in my family, I would probably would win the microwave oven for free, but I think that between relatives a 25-50% discount is a good value.
@Althafk (172)
• India
13 Jul 11
You should have brought the microwave oven at seasons or festival times and from biggest shops.At the time of festivals,there are great discounts available for especially to electrical and electronic gadgets at it is the best time to buy those things unless you are not in a great immediate need.I generally expect a 20-50 % discounts and this level of discounts are available at festival periods as companies provide discounts to stand in market place and to compete with the competents.Any way you already had brought it with only a little discount,you may better make it the next time.
@yumanal (143)
• China
13 Jul 11
I should firstly say businesswoman is businesswaman,but for discount different culture has different result,for china a relative shouldn't gain any money from ,the price should be the cost price.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
12 Jul 11
Is the 20 cents or 20%? Do the shop employees get a discount for purchasing from their own store or do they just get the same amount as your mom did from her sister? I remember working in a place where employees got a discount and so did their family members. But I have also worked in places where NO ONE gets a discount and if that is the case in that electrical shop, then there is not much that can be said. Some businesses are just breaking even after paying employees so to give breaks would not help. I don't really know what the shop's circumstances are so I can't respond any further on this. Just my opinion. Have a great week!!!