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    • amistupid
    • By amistupid 8th Oct 16, 10:44 AM
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    • 8th Oct 16, 10:44 AM
    Haggling. 8th Oct 16 at 10:44 AM
    I've saved a lot by just politely asking sales people, "Is that the best you can do?"

    Yesterday, by simply asking that question, I saved an additional 20 on top of their other deals from a high street opticians; an 8% saving on that transaction and a further 20 reduction at a high street jewellers, which was a 10% saving on that transaction.

    My partner, who always pays the full 'ticket price', cringes a little when I go into haggle mode but I don't feel at all embarrassed.

    Are you a haggler?
    In memory of Chris Hyde #867
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    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 9th Oct 16, 6:30 PM
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    I wouldn't be surprised, I'd be too polite to ask.
    Originally posted by missbiggles1
    Your implication that asking is impolite is quite rude in itself; if you think about it, there is a number of people on this forum who are saying they DO, or intend to try, to haggle, and it is not right to bunch us all as impolite, just because you choose not to.

    This has always been a forum full of tolerance and I am saddened to read your comment.
    Finally I'm an OAP and can travel free (in London at least!).
    • missbiggles1
    • By missbiggles1 9th Oct 16, 6:32 PM
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    It's funny isn't it, if you're on holiday it's almost mandatory to haggle, but not here. I think i'm to shy and timid. When i went to buy my last car i took an ex-car salesman with me to check it out. I was open-mouthed watching him, he made it look so easy, and the young kid of a salesman didn't stand a chance against him.
    Originally posted by SailorSam
    I don't think I've ever haggled on holiday apart from at the occasional vide grenier.
    • missbiggles1
    • By missbiggles1 9th Oct 16, 6:34 PM
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    Your implication that asking is impolite is quite rude in itself; if you think about it, there is a number of people on this forum who are saying they DO, or intend to try, to haggle, and it is not right to bunch us all as impolite, just because you choose not to.

    This has always been a forum full of tolerance and I am saddened to read your comment.
    Originally posted by Caterina
    We all have differnt standards in terms of manners - for me it would be rude.
    Last edited by missbiggles1; 09-10-2016 at 6:38 PM.
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 9th Oct 16, 6:37 PM
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    Can't imagine you can haggle at a supermarket check out

    The seller needs some authority or leeway to negotiate. A lot of things you buy via a call centres can offer discounts or extras if you ask, as can sole-traders, owners etc

    I enjoyed countries like Morocco as nearly everything is haggled. Though it took a lot longer to buy anything. Still it was fun on holiday, maybe not so much for day-to-day essentials.

    Bottle of shampoo - I've give you 20p, no madam it's 90p, not worth it to me what about 40p, madam I have a family, a living to make, no lower than 80p, too much for me it's not worth it, 60p my final offer...walks away, oh but this bottle will make your hair so glossy, it's the best 75p and it's yours. Brings 70p out of purse, that is all I have. Ok deal!
    Originally posted by katkin
    Never at the checkout, Katkin, as they have no power to do anything! But possible to haggle about, say, cereals in a bashed up box, or pack of eggs with a broken one, something with visual defects but that does not affect the quality of the product. Quietly and politely with the supermarket managers, you can recognise them because they are usually dressed in civilian clothes but have a name badge, or even the assistants at the customer service desk.

    I have got some remarkable successes at the W8rose deli counter, where they tend to reduce the goods in the evening. I have often asked if I could have a further reduction if I take the whole lot (of olives, or cheese) if it was not too perishable. On most occasions I have got super amazing prices!
    Finally I'm an OAP and can travel free (in London at least!).
    • Loanranger
    • By Loanranger 9th Oct 16, 6:50 PM
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    I bought a few metres of fabric from local market a couple of weeks ago and the seller asked if I wanted the extra bit on the end of the roll, about half a yard or so. I didnt but did go back the following day to buy a few more metres in a different colour and reminded her I had bought some the previous day and liked it so much i was back for more. Again she offered me the two roll ends about half a metre each and she was about to charge me so i said, could you just throw those two pieces in? No, she said, I cant.
    So, even on local market it doesnt necessarily work.
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 9th Oct 16, 8:58 PM
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    Antique shops, art galleries, second-hand book shops - because something is only worth what someone is prepared to pay for it. I also haggle at car boot sales, antique fairs and such like. And if I'm buying more than the normal quantity of something, I'll give it a go - I was buying 5 birthday cards, asked for a discount for bulk buying, and got the 5th one free!! I got wood flooring for about 1/2 price because they let it slip that it was the end of the line - I offered to take everything they had, pointing out that they'd struggle to sell what was left and I was saving them the hassle of storing it.

    I also haggle with tradesmen (careful here - they're just trying to make a living) - I'll say something like 'I was hoping to get it all done for under 1000' or whatever, and see what the reaction is.

    Do it with a smile, but do it seriously - don't sound as if you're just taking the proverbial. And of course, if you make an offer and it's accepted, you have to pay up.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 9th Oct 16, 9:52 PM
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    Sometimes I do. I got our kitchen tiles with a discount by asking nicely. The chair I'm sitting on, Ercol swivel, was in a sale in a private shop, so I did ask then if there was a chance of a discount. I got it rounded down to 800. Still blooming expensive though.

    We recently asked if there was a best price on an oak bookcase which was in a sale. It's a place from which we've bought quite a few times and again it was rounded down. Still thinking about it or a small dresser instead.

    The tile place was one we used, too, so I think owners are happy with repeat business.
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    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 10th Oct 16, 8:55 AM
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    I recently got 10% off three rooms off floor tile by asking. I've done business before there and will again as I feel I have been treated well. Stores want to sell their merchandise and want you to come back.

    In some foreign countries haggling happens and is expected in the tourist areas. But in places like grocery stores or pharmacies I usually try to have someone local buy, unless the price is marked, as it's quite common to raise prices just because you are foreign and you would not know it's being done.

    You can look up car markups on line, both new and used. Be prepared when you walk in the door, before you fall in love with a car. Car salespeople depend on customer emotions to get the best commission that they can. (I used to sell cars) Buying a car is stressful for most people because it's a large monetary investment. That, coupled with finding something you really like (excitement) can lead to paying more than you should. Do your homework and shop around.
    Overprepare, then go with the flow.
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 10th Oct 16, 9:22 AM
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    I ask for discount for white goods, furniture, high value items all the time. And always insist on free delivery

    Just this week I got 600 off a second hand car, and a new set of tyres thrown in as well

    Independents are worth the haggle. Usually the owner is around and they are the ones who can authorise a deal.

    I shop for electricals in a local independent even though currys are cheaper. I shop there because they know me by name, they have the items in stock and because I'm a loyal customer I don't even have to ask for discount,it's automatic and goods are deliver same day, FOC
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Lynplatinum
    • By Lynplatinum 11th Oct 16, 12:19 AM
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    Winding up the retailer

    I have a friend who was an antique dealer who cordially hates the tv antique programmes - folks come in and assume that they can make the same kind of deals, and my friend simply can't - its not a question of greed or of what she buys things for its a question of: the tax man; the rent for her shop; the hours she spends sourcing her stuff; the petrol and time she spends transporting stuff; her accountant's fees; her occasional assistant's wages etc etc!!

    Haggling can be polite - greeting refusal with a grin and saying 'ah well can't blame me for trying' is fine but belligerent folks or loud voiced or shouting at the traders I feel is not on.

    Another point to make is that the small trader may do deals but at what price to his/her business?

    And last but not least - if you are going to haggle (and yes, I do!) please do so courteously - and with the person who actually has the power to authorize reductions/discounts/refunds, please. During my working life I have been on the receiving end of too many rude folk expecting me to be able to do things I was not allowed to do.
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