Haggling the Right way - 18 tips

The British are known for being pros at bargaining when they travel overseas. So, why does that fire seem to disappear as soon as they’re back home?

Did you know that it’s legal to bargain in big stores? It’s a right protected by law! And honestly, what is there to lose? Someone might say no, but that’s just a word and you can move on from it easily.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re haggling in big stores. For one, you want to be polite. Yes, you’re asking for a lower price, but that doesn’t mean you have to be rude about it. Keep it non-combative, so the salesperson doesn’t go on the defensive. And, if the salesperson is of the opposite sex, why not flirt a little?

Here are our top tips for haggling and getting a good bargain at big stores.

1. Ask for an add-on

Haggling Not ready to negotiate prices? A good beginning is to ask for something free. For example, if you buy a coffee maker, ask for the filter or pods for free. They don’t even need to be from the same department. If you buy something expensive, you can ask for a less expensive item to be thrown in.

2. Start With a Discounted Item

If something has already been discounted, it makes the perfect starting point for getting a bigger discount. The store obviously wants the item off the shelves, so use that for your starting point.

3. Buy Wholesale

Wholesale, or bulk, is the best way to get some great deals. If you need to buy a lot of a product, you might as well try to get it for a lower price. After all, you’re doing the stores a favor by clearing out the product.

4. Get Online

If you’re shopping online, open the live chat window and start talking to the person. Ask any questions you have, and then request a discount. You’ll be surprised how many time asking a simple question can save you huge amounts on what you need.

5. Pick the Right Person

Don’t think that trying to haggle with a manager is the best way to get a discount. Managers are stressed and running on a tight schedule. They’ll probably snap at you and move on. However, assistant managers are the ideal candidate. They understand the sales game and they’re in a position to offer discounts.

6. Ask for a Warranty

You’d be surprised what kind of deals you can get when you ask for a warranty on an item. Good news is, you have about a month and a half to cancel your warranty and get your money back. If you decide in the weeks following the purchase that you don’t want the warranty, that even more money back in your pocket.

7. Stay Quiet

Don’t talk too much. Allow moments of silence so that the salesperson fills that silence with offers of discounts!

8. Look for Flawed Products

If you see something you want, but it has a scratch or tear or rip or bend, jump on it. You can get that for 10%-20% off, and that’s without even bargaining.

9. Use Online Prices

A lot of times, items online sell for less. So, take those prices in when you go to the store and argue that they should match those prices. A lot of times, they’ll hold to those prices. Also, you know how stores say they’ll match any store with a lower price? Well, use that incentive. All it takes is a little bit of research.

10. Shop at Independent Retailers

Big box stores do have space for haggling, but the smaller the stores, the better the deal potential. In these stores, usually the owner is right there and they are the ones that control everything in the store. If you can win them over, you’re on your way to getting a few good deals.

11. Shop Against Season

Summer is the best time to buy winter gear, and vice versa. Retailers need the shelf space for products that match the season, so they want to clear the old stuff off. Just ask. Again, you’re basically doing them a favor.

12. Keep Track of Turnovers

During certain times of the week, month, and year, retailers need to hit certain goals. So, this means they’re more open to haggling at those times.

13. Don’t Tell Them how You’re Paying

If you hint that you might be interested in using their financing program, sometimes stores are more willing to give you details. On the other hand, if you’re paying with a debit card, you might be able to get a discount since debit is preferred over credit.

14. Check the Older Models

When new models of cameras, computers, or televisions come out, all the older stock that hasn’t sold out yet is basically filling dead space. These are the perfect targets for getting discounts.

15. Shop When the Store is Empty

It’s hard to keep a salespersons attention when chaos is reigning all around them. So, go in when things are little quieter. The staff will be in a better mood and more easygoing, which means more bargains for you.

16. Play Hardball

A lot of times, salespeople will claim that they don’t have permission to drop the price. While this might be true, don’t take it at face value. Ask to see someone who can drop the price and see what they say then.

17. Have a Goal

Go into the store with a goal. Whether it’s a specific price or a percentage off the current price, have a goal and stick to it.

18. Walk Away

If you aren’t getting the discount you wanted or planned for, don’t be afraid to just walk away. Unless you’re shopping for an item you really need, you don’t have to settle for a price you aren’t comfortable paying. And there’s nothing more traumatizing for a salesperson than seeing a potential customer walk away, especially if you’re doing it for real.

What is the Verdict?

MoneySavingPigSo there you go, our top 18 tips on how to get a good deal when you haggle. Let us know how your attempts went in the comment section below.  We love feedback so please use the comment section below. 

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