Don't be afraid to haggle!!

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  • Tashja
    Tashja Posts: 1,214 Forumite
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    I am ashamed to say I DON'T haggle even though I know I should :(

    We have got a couple of big purchases coming up soon so if anybody has any tips it would be much appriciated :)

    I might give it a go then.

    T xx
  • Dithering_Dad
    Dithering_Dad Posts: 4,554 Forumite
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    This isn't really connected with haggling, so I'm going to have hijack my own thread for a second. I just love this joke:

    A bloke gets a job at the local zoo and on his first day he goes to the head keeper and asks what he wants him to do. The head keeper tells him to clean out the tropical fish tank.

    So he is busy scrubbing the sides of the tank with all the brightly coloured tropical fish darting about, when a great big monstrous fish swims up and bites his hand. He tries to shake it off but it won't let go and in desperation he starts to hammer the creature against the side of the tank.

    Eventually it lets go but sadly it dies in the struggle and floats to the top. "Sh*t!" thinks our man, first day on the job and I've killed one of the exhibits, what am I going to do? He decides he has to get rid of the evidence and the lions look like the best bet because they will eat anything.

    Stuffing the fish under his coat he sneaks off to the lions enclosure and while no one is looking he lobs it over the fence where it is devoured by the lions.

    He goes back to the head keeper and asks what he wants him to do next. The keeper tells him to sweep out the monkey cage. So he is merrily shovelling up the muck from the bottom of the monkey cage when - splat! a lump of turd hits him on the back of the head. He turns around to see a playful pair of chimpanzees gibbering with delight at their new game.

    Our man gives the mischievous monkeys a firm stare and tries to carry on cleaning the cage - splat! goes another turd, and splat! another makes a direct hit. For an insane moment our new boy's patience snaps and in a fit of rage he swings round with his shovel and clatters the 2 monkeys, killing them stone dead.

    "Sh*t and double sh*t!" thinks our man, look what I've done now, what am I going to do? So he thinks to himself, the lions worked last time maybe I'll try it again, they eat anything don't they? He drags the dead monkeys to the lion enclosure and lobs then over the fence where they are promptly devoured by the lions.

    Again our hapless worker goes to the zoo keeper and asks what wants doing next. Where he is told to collect the honey from the Amazonian killer bees. He is busy pulling the honey filled boards from the beehive when a bee stings him, then another and another until the whole swarm of bees is buzzing angrily around his head. In a panic he lashes out with the honey soaked board and batters every last bee into a pulp. "Sh*t, Not Again!!!" he thinks and as you might have guessed the lions eat anything, so again he takes the evidence to the lion enclosure and throws it in, where they are devoured by the lions.

    The next day a new lion is delivered to the zoo. He strolls into the lion enclosure and meets the rest of the lions.

    "Hello" he says.

    "Alright" say the other lions

    "What's it like here then?" asks the new lion

    "Not bad" say the other lions

    "Food ok?" enquires the new lion

    "Yeah, brilliant, yesterday we had Fish, Chimps and Mushy Bees!"
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    ● Home Extension: £48,468.07 / £44,435.42 / Δ £4032.65
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  • natters_2
    natters_2 Posts: 306 Forumite
    I love haggling - and can get quite a few freebies or discounts - especially on larger purchases. The people in currys used to run for cover when they saw me coming :) I have found one of the ploys from salesmen is to say I'm not able to authorise any discounts/freebies - so my reply is always so go find someone who is then.
  • Skint_Catt
    Skint_Catt Posts: 11,548 Forumite
    What sort of things do you ask to be thrown in? I know about the scart lead with a TV or DVD player but what else????!!!

    Thanks :)
  • Crown
    Crown Posts: 1,377 Forumite
    Skint_Catt wrote: »
    What sort of things do you ask to be thrown in? I know about the scart lead with a TV or DVD player but what else????!!!

    Thanks :)

    Depends on what your buying. We brought a display model Fridge/Freexer last year and haggled not only on the price getting a further 20% off but also managed to get 6 months warranty and finally blagged Free delivery what is normally £20.
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  • Crown
    Crown Posts: 1,377 Forumite
    ANother one I just hought of is sporting equipment. I havent done this but a friend of mine managed to get a set of golf gloves and a box of balls when he brought some new golf clubs.

    Just look around the store before the haggling begins.

    HAve you ever seen that show Get Dom on BBC1 in the mornings?

    HE suggests always offer a low a price and them stay silent. The shop keepers normally crack at this point. He was also on the apprentice: ypur fired last night giving the same advice.
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  • Dithering_Dad
    Dithering_Dad Posts: 4,554 Forumite
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    We bought a clothes dryer earlier this year and I got them to reduce the stainless steel microwave that was sat on top of it in the shop by half price - this matched our kitchen better and our original one was so old, it was probably cooking us as well as the food.

    I find the best way to haggle is when you need several expensive items and can find them in one shop. When were having a new kitchen fitted, I went to one of the big wholesalers and got an american style fridge and cooker range at a good price then got them to throw in the extractor hood for the range for free.

    I also got a reduction on the granite worktops in the kitchen by cracking on that I just couldn't quite afford them, so would "go with formica tops instead, although it now doesn't seem worth getting the expensive units with a formica top. Can you show me some cheaper units?". At the thought of losing the sale on the more expensive kitchen units, they heavily discounted the granite worktops. Mind you, when you look under the worktops, the granite has words like "In beloved memory" and "Fred 1872 - 1936" written on it ;).
    Mortgage Free in 3 Years (Apr 2007 / Currently / Δ Difference)
    [strike]● Interest Only Pt: £36,924.12 / £ - - - - 1.00 / Δ £36,923.12[/strike] - Paid off! Yay!! :)
    ● Home Extension: £48,468.07 / £44,435.42 / Δ £4032.65
    ● Repayment Part: £64,331.11 / £59,877.15 / Δ £4453.96
    Total Mortgage Debt: £149,723.30 / £104,313.57 / Δ £45,409.73
  • Crown
    Crown Posts: 1,377 Forumite
    At the thought of losing the sale on the more expensive kitchen units, they heavily discounted the granite worktops. Mind you, when you look under the worktops, the granite has words like "In beloved memory" and "Fred 1872 - 1936" written on it ;).

    LMAO :rotfl:
    Official DFW Nerd Club - Member no. 297 - Proud To Be Dealing With My Debts :D
  • elantan
    elantan Posts: 21,018 Forumite
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    oh that's bad dd i'm sitting here chuckling away to myself with that one
  • Dithering_Dad
    Dithering_Dad Posts: 4,554 Forumite
    Mortgage-free Glee!
    elantan wrote: »
    oh that's bad dd i'm sitting here chuckling away to myself with that one

    Thanks elantan. I'm banned from telling that joke at our house now cos Mrs Dither's "sick of hearing it" :rotfl:, so it's nice to be able to dust it off and give it another outing :)
    Mortgage Free in 3 Years (Apr 2007 / Currently / Δ Difference)
    [strike]● Interest Only Pt: £36,924.12 / £ - - - - 1.00 / Δ £36,923.12[/strike] - Paid off! Yay!! :)
    ● Home Extension: £48,468.07 / £44,435.42 / Δ £4032.65
    ● Repayment Part: £64,331.11 / £59,877.15 / Δ £4453.96
    Total Mortgage Debt: £149,723.30 / £104,313.57 / Δ £45,409.73
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