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Negotiating Pet Meds Price w/ Vet

March 14th, 2007 at 08:10 pm

Today I took my pooch in for his rabies vaccination. Also picked up a 12-month supply of Sentinel. I was able to negotiate a lower price on the Sentinel as follows:

- Checked the price on-line at www.1800petmeds.com ($127.98, no tax, no S/H). I printed out the price information. I used my high school algebra to figure out what the pre-tax price would be and wrote that down on the paper.

- Called the vet's office a couple hours before I went in and asked what their price is ($146.34 including tax, $18.36 more than buying on-line).
I told the receptionist about the price I found on-line and asked her to check with the vet to see if they could match that price.

- When I went to the vet's office, I told the receptionist "Here is that Sentinel information I told you about" and handed her the paper with the price printed out. [I did not say anything about wanting them to lower the price because there were other clients in the waiting area.]

- When the vet came in to give poochy his shot, he had the paper in his hand. He looked at it and said, "I think we can match this. Let me check. I just want to make sure we won't be losing money." I repied: "I definitely don't want you to lose money, but I'd appreciate you seeing what you can do."

- When I went to pay my bill, the vet had entered a revised price in their computer system, and I paid $127.98 including tax, exactly what I would have paid if I had ordered on-line.

It was very easy, very civilized, and everyone was happy. If you've never tried negotiating the meds price with your vet, don't be shy! Give it a try!

[As a big added bonus, there was a display on the counter in the reception area with $10 rebate coupons for Sentinel from Novartis. So not only was I able to give my vet that I like a lot my business without paying any extra over ordering on-line, I actually saved $10!]

1 Responses to “Negotiating Pet Meds Price w/ Vet”

  1. PRICEPLUS Says:

    I think I will giv this a try next time my adorable pooch goes to the vet. Geez those shots and meds are expensive! Way to go though!Smile)

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