Originally Posted by hellosailor
I've found that sometimes it helps to just say flat out "You know, I want to keep my business local and I want to give you guys my business because (whatever) but I'm just tapped out and those other guys are way less. Can't you do something for me on the price, meet them part way at least?"
Often at least they can give you the "trade" discount.
*TRUTH*...you never get the discount you dont *ASK* for