Lila Dishes for MSN Money

June 10, 2009 by Lila Delilah

Lila speaks to MSN Money about how to get a better deal at high-end boutiques and department stores.

Lila Delilah, the founder of Madison Avenue Spy, has found that boutiques offer discounts upon a hint. She was looking at a children’s coat that was 30% off and remarked that she saw it for 50% off the previous season. The owner immediately offered an additional break.

“I have a friend that’s been walking into every boutique she goes into and asking for the ‘recession price.’ Amazingly, she’s getting 25% to 30% off just by asking for it,” Delilah said.

When you’re dropping a small fortune. At high-end department stores, if you spend more than $15,000 or $20,000 in a single visit, you can usually get 20% off the entire purchase, Delilah said.

“Stores that sell Christian Louboutin shoes, you can say, ‘These are very expensive. Is there any way you could give me something off?'” Delilah said. “In this economy, everybody’s looking to crack a deal. If you’re ‘spending bank,’ there’s going to be more flexibility.”

Click here to read Katherine Reynolds Lewis’ full article, which includes how to get better prices even at places like Costco and Kmart.

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