Guide to haggling in shops

Maya Driver

Products in shops have price tags on, everyone knows that. But what you may not have known is that you don't always have to pay the amount it says on that price tag. There are occasions when it is perfectly feasible to make an offer, and here are a few tips on how to go about it.

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Firstly don't try to knock down the prices of brand new and really popular items - these will be much harder to get at a discount. Do a bit of research before you go to see what the average sort of retail price is. If you find cheaper prices than at the store you plan to go to, they may be willing to match it or even go lower.

Make sure you don't try to do your haggling at peak shopping times. Saturday morning when the shop staff are overwhelmed isn't going to help you in your bargain-hunting cause. And when you do get a salesperson's undivided attention, ask plenty of questions about the product to show that you are a serious buyer. Don't try to deal with a junior member of staff who may be on your side but isn't authorized to give discounts. You need to talk with a senior member of staff. Shops are often willing to sell bundles rather than offer discounts on single items for example a console with various games for a cheaper price.

Don't try to a bargain on an item that you have your heart set on - you have to be prepared to walk away if the shop refuses to accept your offer. In fact, this tactic can sometimes be a deal-clincher if the shop is keen to make a sale. And finally try local, independent stores as they may be more willing and able to match online prices and will work harder to sell you something.

Have you ever had any haggling success? Can you share some helpful tips? Leave a comment and tell us what you know.