As I mentioned here, I decided to go with a Lowe's granite countertops for my kitchen. Then after doing a quick poll on whether or not I should do a bar step-up, I decided it was time to go in and make the big purchase.
As we were going through the paperwork for the countertops, I came across a little cost discrepancy (always read before signing). Although I first began working with the Lowe's salesperson under a price promotion, the salesperson told me that the granite company was no longer honoring the promotion as it had expired. That $230 difference would go a long way towards the other projects I had planned so I wasn't willing to let it go easily! In my most calm and matter-of-fact voice I replied:
"Well, I know that you run these types of promotions all the time, so I guess I'll just cancel my order and wait for the next one to come along... that is, unless you can call them again and ask what they can do for me..."
Did the salesperson want to lose his commission? No. Did the granite company want to lose a customer? No. Did I end up getting the promotion past its expiration date? You know it.
Bonus tip: Friday is the best day for haggling. In my case, the manager of the granite company wanted to get off of work for the weekend and ended up caving in.
In case you're wondering... I ended up going with 'Absolute Black' (I like that it has minimal color variations). Here's an example of a beautiful kitchen that went with the same material (found on this blog):
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