Top tips to back up your haggling
Published 29/09/2011 | 05:00
1 Get them to throw something in
If you're a first-time haggler, this is a good way to start practising the bartering banter.
Try something like asking for free batteries with electrical goods, a free lock with a new bicycle, and so on.
2 Look for flaws
Look out for any small dents or scratches on new items or marks on clothing.
I got 15% off a pair of trainers from Schuh because one of the insole liners was creased.
3 Look for already discounted items
If the item is already on sale, they could be trying to get rid of excess stock to make room for new stock. This is especially the case in electrical stores, where there may be an upcoming newer model.
4 Find out where getting a discount is more likely
Electrical goods, furniture, cars and hotel rooms seem to be good bets. If renewing an insurance policy, make sure to quote a cheaper premium you've been offered.
5 Don't try when stores are jammed
Don't try to haggle when a shop is crammed with other customers. The last thing salespeople are interested in is reducing their margins when they can see lots of people willing to buy. Go during quieter times, such as midweek mid-mornings.
6 Set a price target
Have a target in mind and aim lower. You could also pretend to call a reluctant partner and have them call the shots. Be prepared to walk away.