Recently I was lucky enough to have two suppliers who were chomping at the bit to farm me hundreds of stacks of herbs/ore every day. Both farm herbs and ore, and both have been very active as of late. Of course not being satisfied with this setup, and getting a little backed up with the ore/herbs (have literally bought over a thousand of stacks of herbs and ore from the two of them in the past 2 weeks) I decided it was time to haggle.
I'm only going to cover my GIO haggling for now, herbs followed a similar pattern but with different pricing, too much to get into, but is based on Inscription yield rates. I get all of my mats from suppliers via COD, and if we need to contact one another it is done via Mail. I reached out Supplier1, the stronger of my 2 suppliers (the one who farms more often), and asked him for a discount. I had been paying 60g/stack for GIO, and I flat out asked him if he could do 50g/stack because the market had gone down a bit since I had stopped buying from it (I'm on a Low Pop realm). He gladly agreed.
Kicking it up a Notch
I then mailed my Supplier2 and told him that I had an offer from Supplier1 to give me ore at 50g/stack, and if they cannot beat that price I'd have to stop using them as a supplier. Now I've honestly been using Supplier2 for a longer time, and had a feeling he might offer 45g, but I was really happy when he said he'd go to 40g. The best price I could snag from the AH would probably be around 70g/stack on my server, so quite the deal, and I got Supplier1 to agree to the same level. All was good with the world.
Of course this won't work in every situation, but the worst thing that can happen is they say no. Always try to pay less, your bottom line will thank you.
Cloth Farmer Makes a Mistake
I enjoy posting screenshots of some silly conversations I've had with people in game, this one in particular is excellent for me, see if you can find his mistake.
Needless to say I took them.
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