A Woman's Guide to Bargaining with a Cable Company

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How do you bargain with the cable company for cheaper prices? There are several methods I’ve used throughout the years to get free premium channels, lower rates and cheaper bundle packages.

If you live in a market that is competitive in terms of cable providers make sure that you keep each new flyer or mail that comes your direction. If it’s from an opposing cable provider make sure the special or price doesn’t beat your price. If it does beat your current price then let the negotiations begin.

Call your current cable company and initiate the bargaining. Be as confident as possible when bargaining with your cable provider. I don’t mean the kind of confidence that borders on being too cocky! Make sure the cable company is aware that you are sincerely thinking about the possibility of switching companies because of the special from the competitor. If the competing cable provider is offering HBO free for three months then make sure you mention that and ask your current cable company if they match.

You’ll be surprised at how cable providers will sometimes bend over to match an offer from a competitor. They may adjust prices particularly when there are 3 providers in the same area. It’s well worth your time to attempt to bargain with a cable provider. They aren’t going to lower the price without that call. They are in business to make money.

When you call to bargain with the cable company for a lower price make sure you have your facts correct. You need to make sure that you can present this competitor offer over the phone if they ask for specifics. Many cable providers will say they have their hands tied but some will offer up a solution in terms of lower cable bills or a similar special. They might stop to talk with a manager and say “I can’t do this, but I can do this for you!” and offer up a completely different special.

I once received Showtime free for a year, high speed internet and a free Digital Video Recorder thanks to a competing cable provider. That competitor dropped by in person to offer a special. I was ready to switch after the deal and actually called my current cable provider to drop my services for the switch. I was routed to a representative who asked me why I was wanting to switch. The bargaining for cheaper cable prices began with that representative. Needless to say it wouldn’t have worked out that well if I had not made the call and made myself adapt to the bargaining. 

It’s not difficult and you’ll find that cable providers are anxious for one thing. That one thing is customer retention in a competitive market. You may be surprised at how gentle a cable provider representative will be if he or she thinks you are about to drop the services for another company. Competition brings out the best and lowering cable prices is certainly a viable option if a cable company is faced with the prospects of losing a potential or current customer for good. As example Charter Spectrum have some interesting offers for new clients.

I recommend bargaining with a cable provider as the single best way to lower a cable bill or get premium services you would not normally have had the access to. It’s a smart way to gain information and perhaps a solution to the high rising cost of cable television.

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