Today I was getting ready to order material for a new deck. The manufacturer was already giving me about 20% off the normal price. I figured that the sales of high end decking materials might be down in this economy so I decided to ask for an additional $1,000 off. The sales person said he would call me back. Thirty minutes later I had reduced the price by $1,000 simply by asking for a discount. Not everyone will be willing (or able) to give a discount, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.