You should never pay full price unless you absolutely have to. With the economy in a slow period there are more deals to be had. I present some tips on how to bargain.
Don’t set out to offend anyone. I have a hard time doing this with car salesmen. 🙂 Seriously, show your appreciation for the product, whatever it is. Merchants will reward you if they think you might be back and if the selling process is pleasant.
Buy Three, Get One Free?
If you are buying several items, ask whether you can get one more thing for free or at least at a discounted price. Even if you intend to get more items, start bargaining with less and see if you can get a deal on the remaining items.
Cash is King
I don’t do much shopping at these, but apparently small, independent stores and boutiques will often agree to waive the sales tax if you pay cash.
Look at the Sale Rack
Go straight to the sales rack. If you find something you like, ask for an even better price. They’re trying to move these items fast and will be more prone to lower the price versus something on the regular racks. Look for items with duplicates available.
Timing is Everything
Late in the season and late in the day are your rules of thumb here. Apparently, sales people and managers would be more prone to give you a deal later in the day, when they’re looking to boost their commission. And, it’s a good idea to buy your winter coat in the spring.
Simply ask (remember, nicely!). There are sometimes deals or coupons you might not be aware of, or that might not be advertised in the store. Some deals you may not even need the coupon for. Find the nearest sales person or manager and find out what the deals are.
As a regular customer, you’ve earned the right to ask for a deal every now an then. Most retailers will offer these up first. If they haven’t, be sure and ask.
What are your best tips for bargaining?
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