Please, I ask all of you, please be kind to those overseas schedulers! They live in a country where the minimum non-farm wage is $8 a DAY. They can not comprehend that it costs us $2,000 a month just to scrape by.
When I have trouble understanding them, I ask them to speak more slowly.
Just say, "I'll be happy to do the shop for $80", or $125, or whatever it is you need. They'll say "I'll have to get that approved by my supervisor", and I say thank you and hang up. I'll either get an e-mail assigning me the shop, or I won't.
While it's been a while since I got a $40 fee for a lunch shop ("YES! I can do that!!", I learned from this board to never, ever take a shop from MF for less than I feel is my minimum. In this case, that's $12.00. So when they ask me if I can do it for $6 or $8, I say "No I can only do it for $12. That's what I always get paid." She checks something and says, "OK, yes I can see that you did it for $12, so we will pay you $12." She almost cried the one time I couldn't do it for $12, or any other price, because I was on vacation away from my area.
I have realized that (at least for me when shopping their big burger client) once I have done a location for $xx amount, the next time they call with their lowball offers, I tell them that I won't go for less than the prior $xx amount. They are able to pull up your pay history for the location in their system, and will usually say they will send it to a supervisor for approval (and about 90% of the time it gets approved). When they sound really, really desperate, I bump up my minimum by another $5. It may not get approved on the first or second time they call, but usually by the third time, it's approved, and bam, you now have a history of getting paid that new amount and you can make it your new minimum!
Always negotiate the bonus, don't take their first offer as xenshopper said.
I have also done a shop for the low posted amount just to get on the radar that I have done the location before. Then when they are desperate, they call me with a bonus offer because they know I have done the location before.