We’re a nation of “Freebie” seekers! Hey, nothing wrong with getting more for your money. I for one enjoy the BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) experience. If I need a product and can find a deal that is truly free, as compared to other merchants, I’ll most likely do the BOGO thing myself.
When it comes to a product (a thing) that I can shop around for then it is easy making sure it really is free. But when you buy a service it is certainly much harder to tell if that add-on service really is free. Is the service provider actually reducing the level of service on their primary offering just to make up the cost of the “Free” service? Are they increasing the price of the primary service to offset their “Free” offer? Are you really getting a full level of service on both the primary and free service? Here are some possible ways you can check to make sure that “Free” service really is “Free”.
- Make sure you fully understand what you are going to get for that primary service. Make sure the service provider spells it out in detail. Have a set of questions ready to ask about the primary service to include the price.
- Once you understand what you are getting for that primary service then use that same diligence to understand what the “Free” service is, what it entails, and all of the same details/criteria you are using for the primary service. Also ask the service provider what makes that “Free” service valuable to you and why should you be convinced to use their services because of that “Free” service offer.
- Just before you end your conversation with that “Free” service provider ask them to provide you the name of two or three of their competitors that also offer that “Free” service but charge for it. If what they are offering you truly is a value to you then they would have no problems providing that information. Giving you the names of competitors who charge for that service can only help them sell you on their services.
- When you have finished with the “Free” service provider call their competition who charges for the service and speak to them about what they offer, the details, etc. Don’t make mention of the “Free” service provider until the end of your discussion. Then ask that service provider if they will match the “Free” service providers offer? If they won’t ask them to explain why you should pay for the service when their competitor offers it for free? Be honest with that service provider if they ask you specific questions about the “Free” service provider as they can’t answer your questions if they do not know what your offer was.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re hiring a Professional Inspector, having your car worked on, being seen by a Doctor, this method of checking a “Free” service offer will work for anything service related. As an intelligent, savvy consumer it is up to you to make sure you are actually getting what you paid for. After all, how are you going to know at the time of the service you actually did get a “Free” service with no real strings attached, if you don’t check it out?
Knowledge is power, but sharing knowledge brings peace!
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