Shopping. How to Bargain for a Better Deal

October 29, 2008 • Shopping


In these trying economic times, the good news is you may be able to haggle a better price for pretty much everything. I normally wouldn’t do this, but let’s face it, most retailers need, want or are ready to deal in order to make a sale. You just need to learn how to ask.

Here are some negotiating tips and strategies;

1. Chat up the salesperson so they are more vested in you. Then ask "can you do any better on the price?" This allows the seller to make the first offer.

2. Never let on that you love something or you will have less negotiating power. Then say, "It’s nice, but I could take it or leave it." Play it cool and politely ask for a discount. If they say no, be prepared to walk away. Chances are you will get the discount.

3. Offer to refer friends if the store will work with you on a lower price.

4. Ask if any markdowns or special promotions are coming up in the next week or two. Who knows? Maybe the salesperson will give it to you early or personally notify you (if you leave a number) when the item is marked down.

5. If you have actually seen the items for less, mention it. However, be prepared to prove it. Tell the salesperson you will buy it here and now, but only if you get the absolute Cash_2
best price.

6. Offer to pay cash. Hey credit card processing fees can
cost a retailer up to 3% on each transaction!

7. Ask to speak to a manager. Many salespeople are not authorized to give you a deal. Make sure you are dealing with the right person.

8. If you are interested in more than one item from the store, ask if they will give you a package discount. "What would you charge if I took both?"

Online haggling: True you can’t negotiate face-to-face, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try e-mailing an online retailer asking if they are willing to go lower on the price. Possibly they have a promotional code they can offer you. Try the small and medium sized e-tailers, this may not work with giants like Amazon.

Remember, it’s all in your presentation. Be nice. Do not go in with the attitude that you deserve a discount, or you probably won’t get one. Salespeople are beat up all day (trust me, I know of what I speak) so be appreciative of any "help" they can give.

Source: Family Circle 11/08

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One Response to Shopping. How to Bargain for a Better Deal

  1. haggling online with retailers ? I dont know if I could ever do that unless it was on ebay or something . I would never try it with zappos or anything

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