questionswhat companies advertise one rate but will give…

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i was going to say cable companies, but COX does cable and internet, so same thing?
i believe some cellphone companies do this too when you call to cancel

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most sevice companies can. whether they do or not is entirely up to the person that answers the phone.

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I know TimeWarner Cable does not do this in my area. They actually told me, "you won't switch and if you do, you'll be back." So, I ordered DTV, called to cancel TWC, then they offered to rate match.

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Hotels. Many tire shops. Bridal salons. Appliance stores. Furniture stores. Worth asking, wherever you are.

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And cell phone and credit card companies too.

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My alarm company raised rates $1/month and when I called to cancel, they offered to remove the price hike.

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Time Warner used to do drop their rates in my area but not any longer. I rarely watch tv and wanted to switch to DSL but the local telephone place insists on a landline which makes them more expensive than TWC.

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My Comcast bill dropped when I added the most basic cable tv service to the existing internet. I'm still trying to figure that one out.

Also, Walmart in my area advertises a $30 oil change as their cheapest option. However, there is a $25 option that the will give you if you ask.

One more, Verizon has a $5 texting plan that I had to dig around for to find any info on their site. They also didn't offer this option to me when I asked about texting plans in the store, until I specifically brought it up.

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@bnbsouthworth: Agree with hotels. DH is the king of negotiating great hotel rates. I wish he could do the same for airfare!

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Some auto parts websites will give a % discount if you are a member of online forums.

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I usually haggle with all of the service ones. I got my Comcast down $40 a month by complaining and asking nicely. Tivo you can usually get a few months free from if you are off contract, just tell them you want to cancel because you don't have the money right now and they will usually give you 2-3 months free.

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Phone company, DirecTv, Sirius/XM. I've had the rates on my Sirius cut by almost 50% when I've called and told them I was going to cancel because it's too expensive.

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I'll ask about everyone if they can "do any better". To me, most things are negotiable. You can make a slightly less profit, or no profit. You can have slightly less commission, or no commission. If you're military, always if there is a military discount. If you're a first responder, do the same (most cell companies give a break for first responders, for example). Sometimes, you just need to be talking to the right person, since not everyone can always give you a better rate, but another can.

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@oo7slice: Please post the $5 Verizon text link.

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Progressive insurance. I called to tell them I was cancelling, they told me they could see if they could find me a better deal. This really made me made because it meant I was potentially overpaying the last few billing cycles. I told the guy as much and told him that company would not be getting any more of my business. However, I would consider switching back if the rate was low enough. Car insurance companies really seem to want people constantly switching companies for some reason...

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@benyust2: Isn't progressive the ones that advertise the fact that they will give you quotes from multiple places and tell you the cheapest? Maybe that was what he meant

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@chellemonkey: Yes, they do that on the website. The rep I was talking to wanted to ask about stuff like my education and other lifestyle things that could get me greater discounts (being married gets you a discount). I don't know if I was asked those questions when I first signed up but waiting until I wanted to cancel to offer me discounts rubbed me the wrong way.

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Charter cable will give you discounts if you're willing to call in and ask.

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Banks on mortgage rates (maybe others too), they usually advertise slightly above the actual rates so they don't get nailed for false advertising. Just refinanced and got 1/4 better than advertised.

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I called my credit card company last week because they implemented an annual fee this year. I keep the card empty because the interest is outrageous, but I hadn't canceled it because it was the first credit card I ever had and because I like to have an empty credit card for veterinary emergencies. But I called and told them I wanted to cancel it as I wasn't willing to pay $7 a month to hold onto an essentially useless card when I have five other major credit cards with much better rates, and they dropped my interest rate by 11% and put me in a program where if I make 3 purchases in the next three months (anything, even a meal or a candy bar) they'll credit me the $85 annual fee. So I will keep them another year, but I have marked on my calendar to call them again next year when they are going to charge me the fee again.

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XM Radio will give you a high rate until you call and say you're going to cancel, then they will drop you in HALF! It's ridiculous, but it kept me around...

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I used to offer this as a service to my friends in neighbors. In one case I negotiated my neighbors internet bill down 25 bucks a month

I'm a shrewd negotiater I lived in south America for 2 years where they really know how to negotiate, and I have worked in sales 8 years and started out in call centers of these types so I'm pretty good

I needed this guys help so he helped me fix some stuff on my house as my payment but in general the deal I did was I get half of whatever you save in your first month. .

Usually it meant I got 5 or 10 bucks and it rarely ever got paid nor did I really make an attempt to collect but it was just my rule of thumb to get people to leave me alone unless they really meant it.

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@caffeine_dude: I've had the $5 texting plan for years now, but it is no longer available according to https://community.verizonwireless.com/thread/730577

"Effective 11/17/2011, the 250 message bundle for $5, 500 message with unlimited M2M for $10, and the 5000 message bundle with unlimited M2M for $20 has been retired. As usual, existing lines will retain grandfathered bundles unless the customer request a move off of the feature, either online or by a Verizon Wireless rep. Once the grandfathered text messaging bundle has been removed then it can't be added back."

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Pretty much any company will offer you a lower rate. Their customer retention department is made for calls just like that. Even if you aren't serious about cancelling, calling to cancel is the best way to go. DISH was by far the most accommodating and offered me a hefty discount to stay with their service as opposed to switching. Sadly the internet they offered was terrible so I switched anyways. They offered to keep my service hooked up and to cancel within 6 months at no cost to me if I decided to come back.

Sprint, Verizon, Comcast, and DISH have all done this for me any time I wanted to quit my service. Especially in the face of rate hikes.

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Not so much a lower rate, but airlines, hotels, and car rental companies will often give an upgrade if it is a "slow day" or off peak time. I always ask, and sometimes it pays off.

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@caffeine_dude: Looks like @bjanele is right...it's no longer available for customers to add on at this point. If you already had it, you can keep it, but anyone who didn't have it can choose from their new plans. This is unfortunate. Hopefully I don't have to give it up when I upgrade my phone next time.