Survival Japanese: Asking for a discount

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This is not as difficult as it may sound-especially in Osaka. Even larger shops will drop the price a bit if you know how to push their buttons.

For instance:
A: すみません、これはいくらですか?
A: Sumimasen, kore wa ikura desuka?
A: Excuse me, how much is this?

B: Sodesune, sho sho omachikudasai...Okyakusan, kochira no shohin wa ni man en desu.
B: Well, please wait a moment, this product is 20,000 yen.

A: Chotto takai ne... hoka no mise de onaji mono ga ichiman hassen deshita.
A: That is a little expensive...I saw the same thing at another store for 18,000 yen.

A: Chotto nedan wo yasuku shite itadakemasuka?
A: Can you drop the price a bit?

B: Shohizei no bun wo makemasu. Ichiman kyu sen ni narimasuga.
B: I can drop the sales tax. That will make it 19,000 yen.

A: Arigato gozaimasu. Ja, korede.
A: Thank you. I'll take this one then.

If you are in Japan for a visit, you will often find "tax free" electronic shops in den den town.
Sometimes, Yodabashi will provide a "無税" (muzei) tax free service too.


少々お待ち下さい sho sho omachi kudasai please wait momentarily
*you can also say 'chotto' omachi, but not as polite as 'sho sho'
無税 muzei Tax free
値引き OR 割引 nebiki OR waribiki drop in the price/discount
負けます makemasu to lose, or to fold when asked to give a discount
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