This is the time of year at The Glade when we re-enroll for our propane delivery.
We have a choice of about 5 local companies but have been with the same one for years since changing servers means changing out tanks.
I usually pre-pay in August for the estimated amount for the ensuing year. Pre-paying insures that the price doesn’t change as the year progresses. Last year’s price per gallon was $3.829.
Last year we used 331 gallons with a pre-buy of 400. We have a credit of $266.49. Before calling to ask about this year’s price I looked up the price of propane in our area for the past year or so here. Armed with the knowledge that the price is hovering just around $3 per gallon that’s the price I was shooting for.
Charlie is our inquirer and negotiator in these situations. When he called last week the price quoted was $3.559 per gallon. He called back this week and
insisted politely asked them to sharpen their pencil and see what they could do for us.
The company rep called back later in the day to say the price per gallon for a customer like us is, da-da-da dah,
$2.999. With an order of 450 gallons that saves $252. The moral of the story is to “just ask”. The worse thing that happens is that they say “no”.
And we’re ordering more this year even though we didn’t use that much last year because we’re installing a new propane water heater in the Cottage which will use more propane.
Do you negotiate prices? Ever? Never?