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    As I recently decided to get a new pup I found a local breeder who I really liked and loved their dogs and pedigrees so I knew I had to get one from there. I decided on a BLF and she will be ready to come home mid next month. But my question is while I was there, the gentleman that was also looking to get a pup was trying to haggle the prices with the breeder (which in my research was already a great price for the pups) and was going on and on about stupid stuff like the chocolate labs were to dark and the ears were to big on parents and nonsense like that just to get the price down and my breeder refused to give in and stuck with his original price. Then he wanted pick if the litter for females (which I already had claimed) and he was asking me to switch spots in the pick line and I refused. So eventually the guy just gave in and decided not to get one and started bashing the breeders and me, which I thought was completely uncalled for. So basically I want to know how you guys handle situations like this or if you have ever had this happens. Sorry for the rant but it just really frustrated me so I needed to vent.
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    When I've had litters I don't waste my time with "hagglers". Price is what it is, accept it or move on to the next litter. I'm not really interested in placing one of my pups into a home where that is the biggest sticking point. Initial purchase price is such an unconsequential thing that it's not worth wasting time discussing. As for the guy bashing the pups to try to get a better price, I'd simply tell the guy that it appears that he needs to continue his search elsewhere if I don't have what he is looking for. Good breeders with quality pups generally aren't that concerned with getting good pups sold so there's no need ticking them off by trying to low ball or degrade what they've put a lot of effort into producing.

    Best of luck with your pup, Kev.
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    Here is my take on haggling over the price of a puppy. I have never felt the need to argue over the price of the litter. Either I can afford the pup or not.

    Now that I have a litter on the way I will not sell a pup to one of the price shoppers. When you look at the long term care and campaigning of a dog the amount spent on the pup is insignificant. What about food? Will this guy feed Old Roy because it is cheaper? Will he buy the proper wormers, flea meds and heartworm meds? Will vet care for an illness or accident be too expensive?

    I may end up with a lot of started dogs for sale!
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    10% of the population are arrogant jerks. It's that simple.
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    That's what my breeder said. He has absalutly no issues selling his pups so that guy is black flagged to pit row forever as far as he is concerned.! I was actually very happy my breeder gave me a long questionnaire to fill out even before he let me pick a pup. I absolutely hate people like that gentleman, for the sheer fact that you know he represents hunters, trial/derby guys, and dog owners a bad name.
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    rbr, I think that your grouping of 10% is a bit LOW. This country has gone nuts! Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbr View Post
    10% of the population are arrogant jerks. It's that simple.

    The other 95% are ignorant of mathematics.

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    I'd be thanking him for his interest in the litter as I escorted him off the property!
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    Tell him to "shove it up his A**".... The breeder can offer to sell for less if they want to for reasons but to ask a breeder to lower their price isnt acceptable in this culture. If he asked once and i said no, i would probably not be bothers, but if he asked again and again like your saying i wouldnt even sell him one for the asking price anymore!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinsKennels View Post
    As I recently decided to get a new pup I found a local breeder who I really liked and loved their dogs and pedigrees so I knew I had to get one from there. I decided on a BLF and she will be ready to come home mid next month. But my question is while I was there, the gentleman that was also looking to get a pup was trying to haggle the prices with the breeder (which in my research was already a great price for the pups) and was going on and on about stupid stuff like the chocolate labs were to dark and the ears were to big on parents and nonsense like that just to get the price down and my breeder refused to give in and stuck with his original price. Then he wanted pick if the litter for females (which I already had claimed) and he was asking me to switch spots in the pick line and I refused. So eventually the guy just gave in and decided not to get one and started bashing the breeders and me, which I thought was completely uncalled for. So basically I want to know how you guys handle situations like this or if you have ever had this happens. Sorry for the rant but it just really frustrated me so I needed to vent.
    thanks!
    Not saying I havent tried a little haggling back in the day,but never used insults to get a better price. I guess I'm still old school because in my day we dealt with bully's different that they do now.
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