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Basic Advice On Getting Yourself A Better Deal

May 12, 2008
Although a terrific number of people are afraid to try, haggling can actually be great fun, and can be a pleasant and rewarding experience for both the buyer and the seller. Unless you're shopping at a huge mega store, most private retailers and traders are able to, and prepared to offer you a discount. But, there are right ways of going about this, and wrong ways. Here are a few pointers.

The first rule of haggling is to be polite. Many people who try haggling get the impression that it is an argument, and that you must try to win the argument. This is most definitely not the case, and traders will simply refuse to deal with you, and may ask you to leave. Haggling is not an argument you are trying to win - it is a discussion, and even then, you aren't necessarily trying to win, because there is no such thing as a winner or a loser in a haggling situation. It is all about compromise - seeing how far the other person will move towards you, and taking small steps yourself until you arrive somewhere in the middle. Being polite will gain you respect, and the whole experience can be friendly, fun and pleasant, and of course ultimately, successful.

The second rule is to be reasonable about the discount you are after. If the item you're after costs $20, offering $10 is simply being silly and unreasonable. The trader will see you as a time waster and put little or no effort in to trying to meet you part way. They'll very likely stick to the asking price. This makes it more awkward for you, because if you increase your offer, it shows the trader that you are very easily goaded into increasing your price, and they will probably stick to their asking price until you give in. Instead, offer a reasonable discount, such as $15. They won't accept this, but you may well end up meeting somewhere between this price and the asking price, meaning that you both feel you have got a good deal.

The third rule is to not compare. Too many people say things such as "I can get it much cheaper at" and then name another trader or shop. The response to this, of course, is to simply advise that you go there to buy it instead. If you already knew you can get it cheaper elsewhere, why are you bothering to haggle with this trader? They either won't believe you, and will call your bluff, or they'll believe you and wonder why you're wasting their time.

A trick that a lot of new hagglers use is to admit to the trader than you'd like the item, but you only have, say, $12. This sounds like a good tip, but in fact it isn't, and is more likely to work against you. The fact is that the vast majority of customers who the trader will deal with who try this trick then open their wallet to pay only to show a fistful of notes. Many will very easily move on the price and end up paying full price. Traders know this, and will simply assume you're one of them, and will wait for you to move your price.

So, the advice is simple - keep polite, and keep reasonable. Don't lie, and don't compare. Above all, have fun - it's a good game, and one you can only ever benefit from. The more you do it, the more confident and able you'll get, and the better deals you'll end up getting in the future.
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