IAMA Former Guitar Center Manager, ask me how to get the best deal, who to work with in the store, or retail tricks in general.
Title says it all, I know all the tricks customers use that work, and I know the tricks customers don't know about.
Edit: Some general info about the employees you are working with.
Every sales guy at the company is commission based. Nor supplemented, but just commission. This can help and hurt you. They want to sell things, and will actively work with you to do so, but every discount literally takes money out of their pocket so they will try to minimize their discounting.
Standard sales guys can not discount for you . It takes a keyholder to do that, (Assistant Manager, Sales and Training Manager, General Manager).
Sales guys get hired in a 9% of profit, 2% of total sale commission rate. They get minimum wage as a base paycheck, which has to be paid back in their commission numbers to "fade". You either get minimum wage or your commission, whichever is higher.
The best person to work with in the store is the Assistant Manager. There is usually a few of them. They are the higher position in the store still on commission, and they can authorize their own discounts. They also have a significant portion of their say taken up with management related duties, so they are extra motivated to close the deal in front of them. My average discount rate as a AM was 15%.