10th December 2009
Every business has a budget that they must adhere to, and
your business probably isn’t any different in that regard. This means that when
you need a corporate AV hire, you need the best deal possible, so that you can
not only save money, but also so that you can stay within your operating
budget. Fortunately, there are many ways that your business can save money when
you rent audiovisual equipment.
out about any discounts that you are eligible for. Many rental services
have discounts available for corporations, simply because they want your
repeat business. However, they typically won’t let you know about those
discounts unless you ask – especially if you appear to be willing to pay
the full price. Also note that if you are participating in an event, you
may be eligible for discounts as a participant as well.
about renting older equipment for your corporate AV hire. Often older
equipment rentals are lower priced than rentals for newer equipment. However,
again, if you do not ask about this, you won’t be told, and you will be
charged the same price for older equipment that you would be charged for
newer equipment. Make sure that you ask.
about different rates for different rental time frames. You may actually
get a better rate for a longer rental period, but typically shorter rental
terms cost less. Obviously, you don’t want to short yourself either, so be
sure to ask about discounts for early returns to make sure that you have
the opportunity to save more money at the very least. You can also get
better rates when you rent equipment during what is typically a slow time
for the rental companies – when there are not large events going on in the
to negotiate a lower price for your corporate AV hire. Never let a
salesperson know that you are willing to pay the full price. Often, if
they sense hesitation, they will start pulling out the discounts –
especially since you are a corporation, and they want your continued
business. Be prepared to haggle, and if possible, get rates from several
different companies so that you are prepared to verbally compare prices
with the sales representative.
at Mom and Pop stores instead of large chain stores. Small, independently
owned rental companies are more likely to be willing to negotiate the
price with you. Large chain stores, however, have set prices, and the
salespeople generally do not have the authority to change the prices at
all. Usually, the store managers don’t even have that option. You will
always get more personalized service at an independently owned rental
company – and you will usually get a better negotiated price as well.
Even if these methods save you only a few Pounds on your
corporate AV hire, a savings is still a saving. There may be additional
circumstances that can get you a better rate for the rental, and as a
responsible business owner with a budget, you need to constantly be on the
lookout for such potential savings on audio visual hire, so that you can take advantage of them.