Haggling on the High Street

Before we begin with this extravagant list of ways to charm yourself a wee discount for a free lunch after big purchase, we should explain what we mean by ‘haggling’. Just imagine Curries as a stall you’re casually strolling past, beach towel in arm, on your way Imgage courtesy of Samsungtomorrowto enjoy catching some sun on your summer holidays. And that new TV you’ve got your eye on is that little Spanish cooking set you like the look of, the same rules apply. When it comes to negotiating a price with either of these retailers, it’s game on! There’s no such thing as a fixed price, whether it be in a market or a big brand high street store.

Haggle with large products

Ok, we’re not saying waltz into Tesco and demand 50% off your shopping list, there’s still protocol to follow. You’re more likely to strike a deal with a big retailer if you’re making a large purchase, the rule of thumb is, if it’s expensive; there’s probably a considerable mark-up and so the retailer has room tweak the price to ensure a sale.

Buy in bulk or buy with friends

If you’re looking to buy a couple of large products like a washing machine and tumble dryer, things you can get from the one store, this will increase your chances of being able to negotiate a discount. Don’t worry though if you’re only looking to purchase one large item, a way to get round this is to find a friend that is looking to buy something similar. For example if you’re looking to buy a new flat screen TV, find one of your friends that are looking too. A store is more likely to chop the price if they think they will get a big sale from you.

When to haggle

Don’t haggle in a busy shop. Chances are if there are lots of other people for the salesperson to sell to, they probably won’t bother too much with wasting time haggling just to secure one sale. Haggle for off-season products, by this I mean, products where the market is slow at that time of year, if there are less sales for the business they are more likely to cut a deal to secure a purchase. For example buying car or home insurance in November or December (this is a slow period for insurance companies) or an electric heater in the middle of summer.

Closing the deal

Be shameless but don’t be rude! There’s a lot to be gained from the confident approach but over confidence can come across as pushy, and that will get you nowhere in this game.
Be prepared to walk away: if you don’t think you’re getting the best value for money that you can with the purchase then be prepared to genuinely walk away from the sales person. This can often be difficult to do when face to face with the salesperson so it helps to have a reason to leave the shop abruptly, so get one ready before hand!
Deal with a manager/assistant manager; they tend to have more of an authority to give out price cuts than your average salesperson.


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  • I always haggle because I’m super frugal!!

    • A dollar saved is a dollar earned!