Daily Rates, Trophy Fees, and price negotiations
Are outfitters willing to come down from posted prices when negotiating with interested clients? They pay a percentage when a booking agent gets them a booking, so is their wiggle room in a dealing with an outfitter/PH directly?
In today's economy I think it is only good business to try and get a good deal. House prices, car prices, and even some day to day purchases can be haggled or negotiated, so I asked myself why not safaris?
I know some outfitters donate hunts, or advertise reduced price hunts, but is their an unspoken rule about not asking upfront for a discount? Could an agreement to hunt a certain number, or certain species like an unpublished package deal end up saving the hunter some money, and help the outfitter solidify a booking?
How does an outfitter view a prospective hunter asking for a discount(not some insane lowball offer?) Is this common in the industry? Have you given or received a discount beyond a published(flyer, website) package price?