Lower you Cable Bill in few minutes:
Here are six magic words to utter if talks reach an impasse:
I’m thinking of switching to satellite.
“Your cable company knows that once you switch over to their competition, they will lose you for good,” Doble says. The last time he negotiated with his provider, Doble said “I don’t want to switch, but your services have become so expensive.” And guess what? They slashed $20 off his monthly bill just for threatening to leave.
- Call customer service and tell them you are thinking about canceling your service. Your goal is to reach the Retentions Department. As you can tell from the name, the primary goal of this group is to keep you as a customer (for as cheaply as possible for the company). This means they have the most discretion when it comes to service discounts.
- Prepare your pitch. I like using the “open-ended approach,” which consists of basically saying: “I’m unhappy and shopping around. What can you offer me?” You leave it up to them, and see what they throw at you. You may also throw in a competitor’s offer (see below). A script suggestion:
Retentions Department: How can I help you today?
You: Hi. I’ve been a customer for a while now, but I am trying to lower my expenses. I’ve been seeing commercials for (competitor’s name) offering service for ($XXX). Am I eligible for any similar discounts to my service?
- Accept or counter. If you’ve been paying full price for at least six months, you’ll likely get offered a discount instantly on the order of $20 a month or more. However, you can always ask for more. If the representative isn’t willing to budge on price, you can ask for some freebies like free DVR rental or free premium channels. The provider is usually happy to give you these because you might pay to keep them later.
- Hardball method. If the company won’t budge or you really want to push the envelope, you can ask to cancel the service. Say that you want to set the cancel date a few weeks into the future so you can have time to install the alternative. This should reveal the “final offer.” You can wait even longer and see if the provider follows up later with an even better offer. If you decide to stay, simply call back and your service will never be interrupted.
- Rinse and repeat. Usually your discount will last six or 12 months. Once it goes back up, you can try again. You may get more pushback the next time around, however (but try anyway). I’ve found that if you pay full price for six months, a company is more willing to offer you another round of discounts.
Get rid of your cable:
1. The good old fashioned antenna. Of course, this all depends on what kind of signal you can get inside your house. Buy HD antenna can get you most of local channels you will be surpized to see how many channels you get for FREE:
Watch TV for free online:
- Hulu.com: probably the best one out there in my opinion, already works through PlayOn, but you can watch it on your computer as well if you’d like.
- TV Network Websites: ABC, NBC, CBS all have good full episode streaming options available.
- Joost.com: Full episodes from a wide variety of shows.
- Tioti.com: Tape It Off The Internet is a social media site for TV shows – allowing you to view episode information, and then see where you can find the show online.
- Veoh.com: Tons of content, including TV shows!
- FreeTVOnline.com: Haven’t used this site much, but was recommended to me.
- Sidereel.com: I’m new to this one, but it looks to have lots of good free TV options.
- AOL Video: Both short and long video clips and full shows.