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#26 OFFLINE   inkahauts

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:50 PM

Exactly! You won't pay a dime more on your bill if someone gets a discount.


He said that because he's an employee and gets ridiculous deals. Everyone's prices are based on them giving out a certain amount of discounts. If they did not give out discounts of any kind to anyone they could lower the price off all packages. That's not a debate, its a p&l balance statement.

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:59 PM

He said that because he's an employee and gets ridiculous deals. Everyone's prices are based on them giving out a certain amount of discounts. If they did not give out discounts of any kind to anyone they could lower the price off all packages. That's not a debate, its a p&l balance statement.


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 06:07 PM

He said that because he's an employee and gets ridiculous deals. Everyone's prices are based on them giving out a certain amount of discounts. If they did not give out discounts of any kind to anyone they could lower the price off all packages. That's not a debate, its a p&l balance statement.

 

He said "we" pay more. He doesn't pay or pays very little. Him lecturing people on asking for a discount would be much like Uncle Sam asking you to not claim a child on your taxes. lol 


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:19 PM

Exactly! You won't pay a dime more on your bill if someone gets a discount.  

I couldn't even if I wanted to.......

 

Now that I think about it, you pay for my TV.....  !rolling


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:20 PM

He said that because he's an employee and gets ridiculous deals.

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:46 PM

I couldn't even if I wanted to.......

 

Now that I think about it, you pay for my TV.....  !rolling

 

 You're welcome! lol 



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 02:12 PM

He said that because he's an employee and gets ridiculous deals. Everyone's prices are based on them giving out a certain amount of discounts. If they did not give out discounts of any kind to anyone they could lower the price off all packages. That's not a debate, its a p&l balance statement.

 

If that statement is true -- discounts are a part of their business model -- then I'm entitled to ask for one.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 02:16 PM

If that statement is true -- discounts are a part of their business model -- then I'm entitled to ask for one.

I "earned" my "discount" by working for/with the company.  No difference then working at Best Buy and getting their employee discount and yet, they don't play these games with customers


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 03:16 PM

Then it's DTV's fault not "those that feel entitled" Talk to them if you don't like them giving discounts instead of giving crap to those that ask and receive. Surely you have pull in the company?  :scratch:



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 03:56 PM

If that statement is true -- discounts are a part of their business model -- then I'm entitled to ask for one.

 

Yes, you are fine to ask for one, but you aren't always entitled to get one, and the more you get the more it costs you in the long run.  You wouldn't see your bill increase as much if you didn't ask for or demand discounts as much either.  



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 04:15 PM

I'm sorry but I don't believe that for a second. 



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 05:32 PM

Well, look at how much everyone's bills have gone up in regards to the non programming costs.  Those are directly related to giving discounts in part.  Not only, but in part.  Its their pure profit margin area.  They obviously are trying to make up for discounts elsewhere. And they by themselves NEVER get discounted.



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 05:43 PM

But the very few here that call in and get discounts is probably miniscule compared to all the free programming and hardware they give to new subscribers including those that left DirecTV and within weeks, start getting offered significant discounts.



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 05:53 PM

Bingo 



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 07:10 PM

Then it's DTV's fault not "those that feel entitled" Talk to them if you don't like them giving discounts instead of giving crap to those that ask and receive. Surely you have pull in the company?  :scratch:

Sure it DirecTV's fault and "social media" that are to blame here.  If DirecTV stood their ground and have their prices set, we would not be having this discussion  


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:34 PM

Sure it DirecTV's fault and "social media" that are to blame here.  If DirecTV stood their ground and have their prices set, we would not be having this discussion  

 

 

"At the end of the day those who do not call, because we dont feel entitled, we wind up paying for the discounts of others."

 

Why would you say this then? If you don't pay there is no "we" and if it's DTV's fault why try to make people feel guilty for taking advantage of these discounts?

 

I get the feeling you might be thinking of your own gain if everybody paid full pop for the service.... I'm probably off base though. lol 



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Posted 16 July 2013 - 09:15 AM

Yes, you are fine to ask for one, but you aren't always entitled to get one, and the more you get the more it costs you in the long run.  You wouldn't see your bill increase as much if you didn't ask for or demand discounts as much either.  

 

Simply false.  That is not how pricing works and is a myth perpetuated on here.  It hits Directv's bottom line, it doesn't affect price (or if it does it is on a macro basis and is negligle).  


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 09:32 AM

It's not that a person can't afford it, nor is it about feeling entitled. They don't owe me a discount, nobody here is saying they do.  It's about not paying more for something than you really have to.  I look for discounts in all things.  Paying more than you have to for anything is just stupid and I would do the same even if I won the lottery.  

 

When I signed up for direct tv I knew i'd never pay full price for the service because full price, I feel, is ridiculous.  Yes, I can afford it.  At the end of my 2 years of discounts i'll call them up and they'll either offer me the discounts I want or i'll cancel.  No hard feelings. They don't owe me.  But as a consumer I do have a right to make a decision about the value of goods and services and what i'm willing to pay.  I'm willing to pay the lower price they offered me for 24 months but not the regular price.  I accepted the price and felt it had value for that 24 month period.


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:53 AM

As I previously posted about this months article in Consumer Reports, here are some comments from tht article:

"Hate to haggle? 48% of shoppers tried bargaining for a better deal in the last three years compared to 61% in 2007!"

"Clearly, people who don't haggle are leaving money on the table."

"It's not in the sellers best interests to charge one price to all customers. You charge different prices to different people based on their willingness to pay. As long as you sell something for more than your cost, you are making a profit."

"You can't win if you don't try."

"give sellers a reason to negotiate. If you're a loyal customer, say so."

Last but certainly not least in how it applies to D*:

"When it's expensive to attract new customers, companies may work hard to retain existing ones."

But this statement is also another one to keep in mind, especially in this forum:

"Be discreet. Sellers may not want to make your great deal public."
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Posted 16 July 2013 - 07:23 PM

"At the end of the day those who do not call, because we dont feel entitled, we wind up paying for the discounts of others."

 

Why would you say this then? 

'cause I did not...!rolling


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 08:28 PM

Really? Someone hacked your account on here? lol

 

 

 

+10000

 

At the end of the day those who do not call, because we dont feel entitled, we wind up paying for the discounts of others.

 

 



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 04:39 PM

Simply false.  That is not how pricing works and is a myth perpetuated on here.  It hits Directv's bottom line, it doesn't affect price (or if it does it is on a macro basis and is negligle).  

 

 

Did you read what you just wrote?  If it affects their bottom line, they will adjust pricing to compensate for it because they have certain profit margins they expect to hit for wall street, both  in $ and %.  To think that things like discounts given out don't affect price is like saying theft in stores doesn't affect pricing in retail stores.  It ABSOLUTELY does, that's not a debate at all.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 05:24 PM

Really? Someone hacked your account on here? lol

I was testing you to see if you were paying attention..... :rotfl:


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 05:26 PM

Did you read what you just wrote?  If it affects their bottom line, they will adjust pricing to compensate for it because they have certain profit margins they expect to hit for wall street, both  in $ and %.  To think that things like discounts given out don't affect price is like saying theft in stores doesn't affect pricing in retail stores.  It ABSOLUTELY does, that's not a debate at all.

Absolutely true!  Some "stores" have budgeted a percentage of the products to be lost.  so we this in mind they adjust the prices accordoingly


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 05:29 PM

Did you read what you just wrote? If it affects their bottom line, they will adjust pricing to compensate for it because they have certain profit margins they expect to hit for wall street, both in $ and %. To think that things like discounts given out don't affect price is like saying theft in stores doesn't affect pricing in retail stores. It ABSOLUTELY does, that's not a debate at all.


Your post shows a complete lack of understanding of pricing and the basic tenants of supply and demand. Heck, why don't they just charge $500 a customer because in your economic world, prices don't affect demand.
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