How to Get a Great Deal and Not Get SCAMMED, What is MAP pricing? | Bidet Answers with Dan
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How to Get a Great Deal and Not Get SCAMMED, What is MAP pricing? Transcript:
How do I get a Bidet, or Integrated unit on sale, without getting scammed? We sell tons of Bidet Seats every year and we still talk to customers who have gone elsewhere, to get a great deal and have been scammed. Today, we’re going to break it down for you, so that you know what to look for. My name is Daniel Johnson, I’m your Bidet expert and I’m the owner of manybidets.com, where over the past eight years, we’ve sold over 10,000 Bidets.
For starters, you want to make sure that you’re not finding a crazy good sale, because you’re probably just seeing crazy, not good. In other words, if you see a Bidet Seat that’s normally listed at $699, but it’s on sale for 50% off, or more, usually that’s a red flag. Another red flag is, if you run a google search and you see that that business is tied to a lot of fraud alerts. There are websites out there that give you a safety rating of a website search, for that website and the word review. See if there are Better Business Bureau reviews for that website, see if there’s any trust pilot reviews, etc. There’s a lot of websites that give reviews on other websites from customers, see what other customers are saying about that business. You can also reach out to the manufacturer. If you go to Toto’s website, totousa.com, in the upper right corner, there’s a “Where to Buy” option; click on that. If you’re buying a Toto product, Is the website you’re looking at listed on Toto’s online authorized retailers list? Now, some other brands don’t make it as easy as Toto does, but you can always call the manufacturer, be it Bio Bidet, be it Brondell, etc. and say, “Hey, I’m looking to purchase from “xyz” retailer, are they an authorized retailer?”. If the answer is yes, you’re not dealing with a scam, but if the answer is no, you might want to keep looking. Of course, my favorite way not to get scammed, purchase your Bidet from us, we’ll take care of you. We’ll include links to our google reviews and our Better Business Bureau reviews, in the video description, so you can see what people are saying about us. Anyone that you decide to buy from, even if it’s not us, which hopefully it is, check these reviews first. If you see good reviews, that’s a good sign that they’re a good company to work with. Keep in mind, as well, that Better Business Bureau reviews are vetted, so there’s no way to fake those reviews; making Better Business Bureau one of my favorite places to look, when trying to determine whether or not we’re dealing with a scam, or not.
Let’s talk about MAP. That is Minimum Advertised Price. MAP is a manufacturer’s set minimum advertised price that they allow a dealer to list. As an example, I might set $699 as a minimum price, but my dealer can list it at a thousand dollars if they want. Minimum price is frequently not listed price. A dealer might list the product at a thousand dollars, with a line through it and then show the minimum advertised price in red of $699, in order to give the illusion that the product’s still on sale and that’s totally allowed. Now, the other key to this is that it’s advertised price. If you were to call ManyBidets and ask for a price over the phone, or if you were to email ManyBidets and ask for a price over email, all of a sudden you’re asking for a price that’s not advertised. Now, ManyBidets can reach out to you and say, “Hey, we can offer “xyz” discount. That discount is allowed, per our authorized dealer agreement with the manufacturer, because we’re not advertising that price, we’re offering you that price outside of our advertising methods. Our website still lists the proper pricing, but you ask for a special price, here you go. That’s why If you’ve watched our other videos, you may have noticed at the end of a lot of them we say call us, email us, text us, live chat us, contact us somehow, so that we can give you a better price. We have to say that, because we are authorized dealers and we have to make sure that we’re following the minimum advertised price, but we still want to make sure that you get the deal that we have available for you. Why do manufacturers, in the first place, require dealers to sign minimum advertised price agreements? Well, there’s a few reasons. First of all, they want to make sure that the little guy gets as much of a chance to sell the product, as the big warehouse. If they put in minimum advertised price rules, the big warehouse can’t undercut the little guy simply, because they do more volume and as such get better pricing. Along with that, if i’m selling a high-end product, I don’t want big warehouses selling that product on their website for near cost; simply, because they can and giving my product the illusion of being lower quality than it is. Now, you are going to see some sales on products that have MAP. As an example, maybe you’re looking at a product online that is $699 everywhere across the board and then you visit manybidets.com and they’re they’re selling it for $524, what gives? I thought you were required to follow MAP, why are you breaking it? Well, there are some exceptions to the MAP policy and that comes into play when you’re dealing with a company that provides scheduled breakage allowances. In other words, a company might get special permission for a set time frame, a set number of days to break MAP, in order to run a sale. Now, the key here is that most manufacturers schedule these. While we’re running a sale on a specific brand, other manufacturers that are authorized are likely not and vice versa. This allows each dealer that works with special pricing, a chance at these sales. There are also time frames where everyone’s running a sale, often referred to as open periods, so you will find times when everyone’s running at a discount. Generally speaking, this is about $20 to $25 off. Sometimes it’s higher, sometimes it’s lower, but that’s the general ballpark that we see for pricing. Of course, it’s going to vary between different manufacturers and it’s going to really depend on what the dealer can afford to offer off, because remember, they have a price to that product as well, that they’ve got to take into account. Everyone loves a great deal, but let’s talk small business for a moment. Many Bidets tries to be as competitive as possible. Generally speaking, that means we can match practically any authorized retailers sale, at any time. You are more than welcome to ask for special pricing when you’re looking to make a purchase, but also keep in mind that every dollar off we give, affects our bottom line.
If you’re looking to support us, to help us to create additional great content like this for you and others down the road and make sure that we’re around for the next time you need a seat, consider not taking every single discount we can possibly offer. It’s kind of like tipping your waiter, or waitress and making sure that they’re able to afford to keep doing what they’re doing. That being said, we’re all about helping you, so feel free to reach out with any questions, or concerns and ask for pricing if a pricing discount is a big deal in your situation. We’re always happy to help. Thank you so much for watching, subscribe to our channel if you’re if you want to see additional videos as they come out and have a great day.
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00:29 Sales & Authorization
02:54 MAP Pricing
08:13 Closing Statement