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Who> Jose Geraldo

Where> Jersey City, NJ

What> "I got a countertop installer to give me a trade discount. I wanted to add a granite topper to a medium-size eating bar but didn't want to pay full price. So I went to a local installer and looked at granite samples for jobs they were working on. One of them fit my color scheme, and I asked if they'd be willing to order additional material for me and pass on their volume discount. They agreed—and I got the countertop I wanted for a whole lot less."

SAVED> $700
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