Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
Seriously? LOL. The point doesn't change, no matter how you want to twist it. There are certain things in life that you need to negotiate to avoid getting taken, and pay TV is one of them. Sorry you don't feel that way.
I don't understand why there is resistance to this point. Maybe I wouldn't use the term "sucker" because it's a baiting word, but the point is valid.
Look, you can walk into a car dealership and pay sticker and leave in minutes with a brand new car. There's nothing wrong with that, it doesn't make you a sucker. They've got a price, you pay it, and you leave with a car. Simple as that.
Of course with a car you can spend hours negotiating and get the price down. This isn't easy, it's not for everyone, and it doesn't always work out to be a victory for you, i.e. you can spend several hours negotiating and not get your price. Usually such persons then move on to another dealership and start that game again.
Not that different with pay TV. Pay what they ask and you get it instantly. Or you can try CSR roulette and negotiate and you might get the price down. Or not, in which case if you want to keep trying you can call again and get a different CSR.
It's a valid point, with one key exception: except for the negotiating of initial deals, there is a difference between car buying and pay TV. Usually those of us who do the pay TV haggling already have service, already have a set price, and we are trying to talk them down. With the car buying, you don't actually have the car yet. Point being, we are comparing a service (pay TV) that we already have to goods (Car) that we don't even have yet.
I get that some people are frustrated with having to call every 6 months to get a discount on their bill, and appreciate it's not exactly a fair comparison with car buying. What other service besides pay tv/internet/phone are we able to negotiating pricing while being in the middle of receiving service? Most other services have fixed rates or contracts you sign that agree up front on a rate.
With DirecTV, I sign a contract for 2 years, but that contract doesn't fix my price for 2 years. Kinda lame if you ask me.