Haggling to save money
Haggling is not something that is practised widely in the United Kingdom. Many people would rather do without an item that they think is too expensive than to haggle over the price. In many cultures in the world haggling is considered an essential part of conducting a business deal and is almost a sport enjoyed by both parties.
In the UK, if you engage in haggling with a store keeper, you are likely to draw unwelcome attention to yourself from other shoppers who may view you as cheap and holding up the checkout line. Haggling is often a good idea to get a better deal, but it really depends on the situation. You would probably not succeed in any attempt to haggle over isa rates for example, but there may be some items that it is worth haggling over if it does not cause you too much discomfort. If you really want an item but feel it is unfairly priced, it may be worth it to try to get a price cut.
If you feel you may want to try haggling, there are some rules that should be followed so that the experience does not turn unpleasant for you. Haggling can be tried on anything that you buy from dentist costs to car prices. In fact, trying to get a better price on a car is the most common and accepted form of haggling in the UK.
Haggling do’s and don’ts
Don’t say too much when you haggle. Simply make your request for a price cut and see what the vendor has to say and give them a chance to think it over. If you talk too much and try to convince them too strongly, you may come across as desperate to have the item.
Do not take on a pleading tone or you will sound insecure of your position. Vendors who think that you are insecure and desperate to buy something will never give you a bargain price.
Be willing to leave if the seller does not agree to sell the item more cheaply. Remember that there are many other stores that more than likely have the same item and it may already be cheaper there. If you want an item so desperately that you are only halfheartedly making a timid suggestion, the vendor will sense this and make no attempt to lower the price.
Haggling at chain stores is useless and pointless, not to mention annoying to the employees. Chain stores have set prices and employees are not authorised to lower prices unless the item is damaged.
Employees at chain stores typically get a small salary and have no say in what their store decides to charge. Harassing them is unfair and unproductive. If you want to haggle, go to an owner-operator or independent store whose manager may be more willing to negotiate.
Come prepared with competitor prices. If competitors are selling the same item for less, the store may be more willing to change the price because they stand the chance of losing too many sales to the other store if they don’t. Be sure you have the exact prices and do not try to lie about what other stores are charging.
Always be as polite and calm as possible when you are trying to get a price reduced. Do not call anyone names or get angry. This will only make you look bad and draw unwelcome attention to yourself. You also have to remember that if you go into that store again, you will be recognised and more than likely treated less politely than before.
Employees do talk to each other and a particularly unpleasant customer will not be forgotten. There is no need to ruin your reputation to save a few pounds.