Would you haggle for something in a British high street store? It may seem unusual but it could be the best way of saving yourself some money.
A new report has shown that debating over a price tag can be surprisingly effective in the UK.
Consumer website MoneySavingExpert asked people to give it a go in 44 stores on the high street and see how they got on, the Telegraph reports.
Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert, said: "We know many people are throwing cash away by not haggling. It's a 'don't ask, don't get' situation. After all, if a store yesterday offered a 20% off voucher, it can still afford to sell to you at that discounted price today – and may well do so if you have the charm and chutzpah to ask."
Results showed that those who tried their luck in Carphone Warehouse had a 61% success rate while others cheeky enough to ask for a discount at Currys/PC World were close behind with a 59% success rate.
Homebase, John Lewis and B&Q all saw 54% haggling success rates, while popular supermarkets Tesco, M&S and Asda came in at 41%, 40% and 32% respectively.
Department store Debenhams and shoe shop Clarks were also put to the test.
Top tips include choosing your time carefully, you're likely to have more luck on a quiet afternoon than you will on busy weekends. Similarly, you should also aim to get further reductions on items that have already taken a price cut.
Matt Sanders from GoCompare.com says that asking for a price match from another store or even asking them to beat the price is a good technique.
He adds: "There is a good chance you might get something cheaper than advertised or with extras thrown in that you would not have got without haggling."
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