I'm just bumping this since I came across it on the front page of a google search for carpet prices and it seems like either A) you all ordered tip top of the line carpet for your basement or B) you guys got hosed.
It seems like many of you just took the original estimate and stroked a check. That's the wrong way to go about carpet shopping. Think of it as car shopping. Carpet is crazy high margin and they're willing to negotiate to get the sale while they're in your house.
My specs: Luna Carpet 2nd highest quality berber, upgraded pad, install for 1,000 square foot newly finished basement.
The salesman's first estimate was $2,700. After talking for a few minutes, we got it down to $2,400. Then I dangled the ultimate carrot on a stick and told him he could lock in the sale immediately if he dropped it to $2,000 even for the carpet, pad and install.
He did it without hesitation, so that tells me I shot a little too high and probably could have negotiated it down another couple hundred.
Anyway, I'm reviving this thread just so people googling carpet prices can realize that carpet estimate is just the START of the negotiation.
Good luck everyone.
edited to add: we have a full flight of stairs that is included in the final price, with the "hollywood" style of step tuck - which is their most expensive. Also, the total amount of "waste" necessary for the project was 15%.