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Old 07-24-2014, 08:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Now here's a funny situation to be in. The breeder of who I am going to get my pup from just updated their For Sale page on their website and the price of the puppies have changed . . . Depending on the pups listed, the price has dropped as much as $1000 while others still remain the same. It is now stated that they are open up for negotiation as well. I have already payed the full price, and that was done about 3 weeks ago, when the pups were just under 5 weeks old. Now they are just under 8 weeks old.

Also, 3 weeks ago I was contacting other people who have brought from this breeder before, I heard good things, everyone loved their dogs and were very happy. But one of the customers asked me "how much are you paying"? Baffled, I told them I was paying the full price as stated on their website. The person then told me I could negotiate. I did think about this but in the end I disregarded the notion of negotiating, because I was very keen on this pup and I trusted the breeder, and I have no idea on how to negotiate. I didn't want to offend the breeder, and I thought that lots of people wanted the pups too, so I didn't want to give the breeder a reason to sell the pup to someone else.

But at the moment I am just baffled. Would it be possible to negotiate now that I have already payed for the pup? Or would that offend the breeder? Why have some of the prices changed? I am just baffled that some pups are so much cheaper to some others.

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ask the breeder what determines this "Depending on the pups listed, the price has dropped as much as $1000 while others still remain the same."

There may be some thing which will include some conditions , non-breeding as an example .
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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They are all main papered registered. I was thinking the breeder may be dropping the price based on their drives and that they are almost 8 weeks old. The high drive pups are still the same price, and are labelled as suitable to government services. I would like to ask but I don't want to come off as rude either . . .
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I think the main thing is that you're getting the particular puppy that you want, right? Did the owner who told you to negotiate buy their puppy when it was older, when they wanted to hurry up and find homes for them? That's what it sounds like to me.
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I'll say this...you're in Australia and might have different social norms about this. In the states...negotiation is usually a no-no...and I've never heard of a breeder dropping their prices before the dog is truly out of puppy stage and can't find a home. Until the age of 8-12 even 16 weeks...they can generally still get the original price because those are the ages the market says the puppies generally go home.

Then again...negotiation for most things doesn't happen in the United States, where it does in Europe and other areas around the globe.
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The pup certainly sounds like the type I want and I appreciate the breeder's temperament testing. The breeder seems to really want to match the right puppy to the right person. Says the pup is very owner orientated, cuddly, has good drives, but not as extreme as some of his siblings that would be suitable for government services. A very all rounder type of dog.

The customer said they got their pup at 8 weeks, and they are coming back to get another pup, so maybe that allows for negotiation as that person has dealt with the breeder before?

Yeah, I am not sure if in Australia negotiation for dogs is the norm either. With previous pets I have bought it never occurred to me to negotiate. I guess it depends on popularity? I know some well known breeders have puppies booked before they are born but for my breeder this is their first registered litter. From what I know they specialise in training and rehabilitating large breed working dogs.
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So the pup your getting would have been reduced in price if you were just now contacting them? If they say they will negotiate, then I see no harm in asking. I wouldn't push it, but I would ask.
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At this point, wouldn't it be called a refund, since the puppy's already paid for? I wouldn't do it myself, but that's just me. Not to say I wouldn't try to haggle for a deal ever, because I did save many hundreds on my car, lol.
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I'll say this...you're in Australia and might have different social norms about this. In the states...negotiation is usually a no-no...and I've never heard of a breeder dropping their prices before the dog is truly out of puppy stage and can't find a home. Until the age of 8-12 even 16 weeks...they can generally still get the original price because those are the ages the market says the puppies generally go home.

Then again...negotiation for most things doesn't happen in the United States, where it does in Europe and other areas around the globe.
Agree, except a good puppy will go UP in price the older it gets.
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I would be asking why.......that seems a bit off to me and I would want to know why it is being done......weren't they were all spoken for and they said you may not have even had a crack at one......now they are dropping prices......you are paying good money.....it is a legitimate question. You don't have to be rude or confrontational about it........just curious
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