Sell at Your Full Price, Avoid Giving Away Profits

in Price and Value

I ran into a local Chinese restaurant at lunchtime to get a takeout order from the lunch menu.I asked if soup came with the order.The woman at the counter told me that they did not have soup to go with the lunch specials, just for dining in.I really wanted some hot and sour soup. “So how can I get soup?”She pointed to the menu and said all they had was the big container for two, for six dollars.“How about just filling it half-way, making it for one, and charging me half-price?”She smiled and said,

“The soup is for two and is $6.”

I bought it.

That was a great example of standing firm on price.

It is isn’t rocket science,  but it’s an age-old dilemma: salespeople dropping their price at the first sign of resistance, or request for a better price. And the ones who do it, who cave in to price statements and questions, give away pure profit. Usually, needlessly. But perhaps they don’t have the confidence or know-how to avoid it.

Here are some ideas you can use as well to avoid giving away profit.

Raise your value, in their mind, or the cost of the problem, higher than your price. It’s quite simple, if a buyer perceives their potential return as higher than your price, then price is not an issue to rational people. Ask questions to get them to attach dollar figures to pains or problems. “What does that cost you?” “How much extra time does that take?”

Delay discussing price until you have established value.If asked early about price, respond with something like, “So I can give you the best price for your situation, let me ask a few questions…”
State your price with unwavering conviction. If you hem and haw, that indicates you are not firm with your price and it’s open to negotiation. Say your price with the same confident tone of voice you would use if someone asked you in which city you live.

Price comments are not price objections. When someone says, “Wow, that’s more than what I expected to pay,” they are NOT saying they will not buy. You do not even need to respond. However, many sales reps offer to cut price at this point.

Have a quick response to “Do you discount?” How about, “No, that’s the price.” Or, if they ask, “Can you do any better on price?”, say, “That’s the price.” Simple.

Qualify for money. I do not like asking about budgets, since it can kill a sale when they say their budget has been spent. If they want something badly enough, they normally can find the money for it, if you are talking at the right level. Sometimes, however, you need to learn if you are even in the same ballpark. I heard a very successful sales rep say, “Our product has a useful lifetime almost double anything else on the market. That also means it’s not the cheapest initial investment, but a better value over time.  That’s not a reason for us to stop talking, is it?”

Help them find the money. In some cases, perhaps the money might be tight. Then ask about the past: “What have you done before when you wanted something that would give a return on your investment, but did not have the funds available?”
Use these ideas and you will find that every dollar you don’t give away is a dollar of pure profit.
What other methods do you use to sell at your full price? Please comment below.
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Janet Huey April 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm

A Realtor bud very politely says “sure, lets see which of my services you want to bypass.”

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Rick Baker May 2, 2013 at 3:24 am

I would be really annoyed at that kind of sarcastic response. A more respectful response is something like, “my standard rate provides all of the resources and time needed to do the job right. When I have discounted in the past, I have always regretted it.”

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Jermaine Stevens April 25, 2013 at 7:08 pm

In order for me to get my full price, I try the joking around with the price a little bit, one time I stepped up to a prospect and I was selling one of our products at Central Cable Vision called a DiBo, it stands for the Digital Boss, it’s similar to a dvr…. to get straight to the point, the statement I used was “This DiBo is worth $600 dollars! Now I know money might be kinda hectic right now with the economical situation that we’re in so I’m gonna make it a whole lot easier for you, I’m not asking for too much here, All I’m offering you this big time investment for, is at a price that seems fairly feasible with the other customers I’ve dealt with before, It’s only $295.” then I laugh a bit with the customer and ask him if he’s ready to sign up now for the product or later……

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