Bargain Boost: 10 Top Tips To Help Hone Your Haggling Skills
Want to boost your chances of bagging a bargain? Best become a master haggler, then
3 March 2019
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3. Choose Your Timing
Timing matters. When a retailer is less busy or below sales target, they need to drive sales, even at a lower price. Try shopping when it’s quieter. And if you’re looking to negotiate a contract, pop a note in your diary for a month before the end date as a reminder to haggle.
4. Ask For Freebies
Don’t ask, don’t get (Thinkstock/PA)
If you’ve tried your best to get a lower price but the retailer isn’t budging, it’s not the end of the road. While salespeople may not have the ability to give you a monetary discount, they may be able to chuck something in for free like a camera bag, laptop case or free calls on a phone contract. They could even give you a voucher to use on your next purchase.
5. Look For Discounted Goods
If a retailer is already selling a product at a discounted price, it’s likely they may be open to lower offers. This works well towards the end of sales.
6. Look For Flaws
If a product is damaged or the packaging is torn, ask for a discount to compensate. The smallest of flaws – tiny holes in clothing, a dent in electrical items, a scuff on shoes – can easily be fixed but could get you a fair percentage off the price.
7. Haggle At The Top
If you’re haggling in-store, it’s worth asking to speak to a manager. A sales assistant may not have the authority to give you a discount and therefore will fob you off with a straight no. Building a rapport with someone who has more power to keep customers happy may get you better results.
8. Keep Quiet
A salesperson will put an offer on the table and then be quiet, but instead of feeling awkward and filling the silence with a yes, keep quiet and make them fill it with a better deal.
9. Haggle Online
Don’t assume you always have to accept the first price (Thinkstock/PA)
Some 65% of people say they’ve been successful in getting a discount after speaking to a service agent on a web chat box. Ask a few questions about the product you’re looking to buy and then ask if there are any discounts or better deals they can offer. Haggling online means you could earn cashback too.
10. Don’t Be Pressured
If it’s all getting too much, saying you’re on your lunch break and have to get back to work or have another appointment, will give you a reason to leave if you’re feeling pressured to commit to something you know you’re not sure about.