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06-12-2014 02:42 PM
StingRay I was just curious so that's why I had asked. Many thanks for the responses so far.
06-12-2014 12:45 PM
IllinoisNative It never occurred to me to negotiate for a dog...be it a rescue who needs the money or a purebred where I'm paying for quality. To me, it would indicate to the seller that I may not have the financial resources to take care of the dog should something happen. Vet visits are not cheap.

As others have said, the true expense of dog ownership comes after you purchase the dog.
06-11-2014 11:34 AM
DJEtzel I think that would be very rude, and distasteful. I wouldn't do it.

I bought a puppy this year, asked for price when he was offered, and was told the selling price and was offered a discount because I knew the breeder/they were really interested in him coming home with me. Wasn't expecting it at all, would not have asked, but totally awesome.
06-11-2014 11:22 AM
holland I would not negogtiate ...its tacky If you are concerned about price get a rescue
06-11-2014 10:40 AM
Ellimaybel
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Hans was cheap compared to what he cost me after I paid the breeder for him.
Oh Lord is this true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bought Gunther for $200 and thought I had the best luck in the world. Already spent over $1000 on vet bills. Not to mention food and the special foods for every time he eats something he shouldn't. Which seems to be weekly.
06-11-2014 10:33 AM
Sunflowers If I were a breeder, someone who wanted to negotiate would have me wondering if the buyer will have enough funds for food and vet care.

The cost of dog ownership is incurred after purchase.

Hans was cheap compared to what he cost me after I paid the breeder for him.
06-11-2014 10:26 AM
LaRen616
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I wouldn't recommend it, you're more likely to offend them which is an awful start to a relationship. If you can't afford the full price then wait and save up until you can


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Originally Posted by JakodaCD OA View Post
I would be embarrassed to negotiate price,(and never have) and if a breeder, would not be impressed with someone who did.


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Originally Posted by Liesje View Post
Last time I sold a puppy I was working with for a friend, one person tried to negotiate and it was a no-go, pretty insulting actually.

Many good breeders will offer a better price or some other arrangement to a great home for a puppy, but as a buyer I would not negotiate with someone I did not know and didn't have a history of buying from. I've personally gotten two dogs for free from their breeders and one for less than the advertised price but would not be comfortable asking for a deal.
06-11-2014 10:25 AM
onyx'girl Some breeders won't even quote a price until they've chatted with a potential buyer....
I'd rather pay the price quoted on an upcoming litter than deal with a breeder that isn't up front on what they are charging.
I'd never try to negotiate a price already listed.
06-11-2014 10:25 AM
Ellimaybel Gunther's breeder wasn't even a pro and she acted insulted over a lot of things. I can't imagine trying to negotiate the price. She would have refused to answer her phone until all the pups were gone.
06-11-2014 10:19 AM
Liesje Last time I sold a puppy I was working with for a friend, one person tried to negotiate and it was a no-go, pretty insulting actually.

Many good breeders will offer a better price or some other arrangement to a great home for a puppy, but as a buyer I would not negotiate with someone I did not know and didn't have a history of buying from. I've personally gotten two dogs for free from their breeders and one for less than the advertised price but would not be comfortable asking for a deal.
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