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    • Dithering Dad
    • By Dithering Dad 9th May 07, 9:10 PM
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    Don't be afraid to haggle!!
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    • 9th May 07, 9:10 PM
    Don't be afraid to haggle!! 9th May 07 at 9:10 PM
    I'm currently working in Norway alongside another guy from the UK. We both get paid pretty much the same, stay in the same hotel and go to the same few restaurants.

    When I first booked into the hotel, I asked to speak to the manager and told him I'd be here for several months and could he do me a better deal on the rate. He said he couldn't reduce the rate but gave me a couple of nights stay for free. I then blagged free bread and salad in the evening, so now tend to have sandwiches for dinner. I mentioned this to my colleague and he looked at me as though I was a weirdo!

    I have now just negotiated free TV for the next fortnight (and it costs £10 a day, so quite a good deal) because "I've been here a while and have recommended the hotel to other colleagues". Again, my colleague laughed and said I was "unbelieveable". When I suggested he do the same, he said that he wouldn't lower himself.

    The thing is that I must be saving about £6 every evening, have saved £100 with the 2 complementary nights stay and about £90 on the TV package. All because I wasn't ashamed to ask.

    I'm the same when I go shopping in the UK, much to my wife's embarrassment, and have managed to get stuff thrown in for free or the item itself discounted. Mrs D always senses a haggle coming on and quickly slopes off :rolleyes: , leaving me to it. This is much better than her old approach which was to burst out in embarrased laughter and slap me on the arm, totally ruining my pitch!

    Do any other MSE blaggers receive the same treatment by the pals, colleagues or spouses?



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  • GirlRacer
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    • 9th May 07, 9:16 PM
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    • 9th May 07, 9:16 PM
    I'm ashamed to say that I haggle as well. I seem to get away with lots of freebies as well, I've got a cheeky smile and I always ask nicely and 9 times out of 10 I'm successful.

    It's got the to stage that people actually ask me to accompany them for their big purchases.
  • Mozette
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    • 9th May 07, 9:50 PM
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    • 9th May 07, 9:50 PM
    Why would you not haggle? I've saved loads, and no harm asking - they can only say no and you're no worse off then are you.
    Good for you - I think your colleague's the one who's daft.
    You're right though, some people won't do it, and think it's in some way odd, I think it's odd to want to pay more than you have to!
    • Tustastic
    • By Tustastic 9th May 07, 10:00 PM
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    • 9th May 07, 10:00 PM
    It's not always in the genes
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    • 9th May 07, 10:00 PM
    I applaud all your haggling Dithering Dad and I would stand proudly by while you did it if we were related.
    However, big however, I am the non-haggler in a large clan of hagglers. Not exactly embarrassment; I just don't know how to do it - the words don't come. I don't mind trying it if it's for work or for a friend.
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    • Dithering Dad
    • By Dithering Dad 9th May 07, 10:22 PM
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    • 9th May 07, 10:22 PM
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    • 9th May 07, 10:22 PM
    I've got a cheeky smile and I always ask nicely and 9 times out of 10 I'm successful.
    Originally posted by GirlRacer
    Ah, the old "flirt haggle" ploy. I'm a bit rubbish at this one. I find that a good smile or wink gets the ball rolling, but when I perform the classic combination of gentle pat on the sales assistant's bottom and appreciative nod and raised eyebrow towards their cleavage, I end up losing my discount.

    No matter how many times I use this strategy, it fails. Does anyone know where I'm going wrong? Should I pat harder or something?

    *confused*
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    • 9th May 07, 10:44 PM
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    Try undoing your flies! Works for me!
    • smilermonkey
    • By smilermonkey 9th May 07, 10:49 PM
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    • 9th May 07, 10:49 PM
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    • 9th May 07, 10:49 PM
    I love haggling! The last thing I got was some headphones thrown in when my dd bought herself an electric guitar, a saving of 16 and an essential as far as I was concerned
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  • steve700
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    • 10th May 07, 6:29 AM
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    • 10th May 07, 6:29 AM
    I'm the same when I go shopping in the UK, much to my wife's embarrassment, and have managed to get stuff thrown in for free or the item itself discounted. Mrs D always senses a haggle coming on and quickly slopes off :rolleyes: , leaving me to it. This is much better than her old approach which was to burst out in embarrased laughter and slap me on the arm, totally ruining my pitch!
    Originally posted by Dithering Dad
    That did make me laugh - Thanks
  • sammy115
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    • 10th May 07, 7:01 AM
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    • 10th May 07, 7:01 AM
    I can't haggle, I get embarrassed. I made my daughter haggle once though, she was 11 at the time and she wanted a bag in spain. She haggled and managed to get it cheaper so maybe I should just send her to the shops.

    However, I do love a bargain, and I am not ashamed to go for a cheaper option! My OH is embarrassed when I mention to our 'richer, childless' friends about my bargain hunting. He thinks I am obsessed with saving pennies (which of course I am) and he thinks it is something to be ashamed of. And he comes from a family of bargain hunters.

    But well done DD for haggling with the hotel.
    Quality is doing something right when no one is looking - Henry Ford
  • Bunnyinthelights
    I'm ot much good at it but my Mom is brilliant as is my DH. He is great-he'll just walk away and they end up chasing him to give him stuff! When he bought is moorcycle he got a free helmut, gloves and rainproof suit! (He had to come home without the bike then they called him back and said YES!)

    Well done DD-I think it's brilliant!
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    • Crown
    • By Crown 10th May 07, 8:25 AM
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    I always ask for a discount if possible but to be honest I havent really brought that much to haggle about over the last year.

    My mum is the one. Dominic Littlewood eat your heart out!

    Washing Machines, Dryers, Matressess, Freeview Boxes.. infact everything that she canto be honest. This stuff wasnt even for her but for my cousins but she cant stop herself. She gets hefty discounts or gets them to throw in freebies.

    I am not ashamed as this as long as the shop keeper is happy then what is the problem?
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  • Tashja
    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.

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    • Dithering Dad
    • By Dithering Dad 10th May 07, 9:38 AM
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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!"
    • natters
    • By natters 10th May 07, 9:49 AM
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    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
    • By Skint_Catt 10th May 07, 10:48 AM
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    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
    • By Crown 10th May 07, 11:01 AM
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    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
    Originally posted by Skint_Catt
    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
    • By Crown 10th May 07, 11:06 AM
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    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
    • By Dithering Dad 10th May 07, 11:27 AM
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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 .
    • Crown
    • By Crown 10th May 07, 11:39 AM
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    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 .
    Originally posted by Dithering Dad
    LMAO
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    • elantan
    • By elantan 10th May 07, 11:41 AM
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    oh that's bad dd i'm sitting here chuckling away to myself with that one
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