Sadly most people think that asking for (or demanding) a discount is Negotiation - or at least making them a cool-tough businessman.
From my “Indie Musician’s Guidebook”
People get the idea that business is always done on a win:lose basis. Yes, even many people who talk about win:win. If you set out to make people lose then they know and will:
a. set out to beat you, i.e. make you lose,
b. refuse to play, i.e. walk away from you.
Either way, you lose.
As @vibronx notes above, to get one has to give. To get without giving something of equal value is no negotiation at all.
Discounts in shops may seem like you did nothing to get the lower price but in reality, you usually do have to do something, like get off the couch and go to the shop. There is, of course, the fake discount (which is actually illegal in most countries) where the price is really always the “discount” but that is simply an unscrupulous trader and you don’t want to deal with unscrupulous people one-on-one as they will burn you every time. Even a good Mobster knows that he must have honor in his dealings (illegal as they may be) or pain will follow.
I just got this in response to a BR sent last night:
Hello of course this being my brand and all I would like to see something closer for me. Can you create just a 1 verse and chorus with intro of what you feel the title track would sound like. The song needs to have the tone that everything and all seems lost but there is always hope just sometimes you need to go through the broken times to get to the hope. I feel like a low to mid tempo sound that slowly accelerates to epic.
Let me know if this is something you can show me. I am asking everyone that I like their vibe to do this. If not I understand.
I bet he will not “understand” my denial of his request for a Five-Finger Discount
Thanks for your reply but asking for free work is outside of a professional relationship. I am sure I sent you Portfolio to show my capabilities. Many of those show a balance of despair & hope. Past that, I can not go as it is against Fiverr TOS to do free work seeing they are a platform based on paid jobs. I value my standing here.
UPDATE: he did not understand and kept sending messages at me about how great a person he was, even after I asked him to stop. Reported.