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How to haggle like a boss

Peaches & Maple: How to haggle like a boss

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

How to haggle like a boss

I do like a good bargain, don't you? Especially when it comes as a result of a good haggle.
I scored this plant stand and basket a couple of weeks back at a market that I go to fairly regularly. 

I know that they're only small items and the marked price wasn't that much to begin with but I still got them at a cheaper price. I guess it's because my dad got my brothers and I into the habit of haggling over goods at a young age, so it sort of comes naturally. I also learnt butt-loads about bargaining with people when I worked in furniture sales.
So I thought I might share some of the things I've learnt with you today.

1. You can usually tell whether a seller is willing to play by a certain glint in their eye and a twitch of the mouth, but you'll never know if you don't ask, so I always find it pays to have a go.
2. If the answer is no or the seller is only willing to knock off a couple of dollars, just accept it gracefully and don't get pushy and rude - there is seriously nothing worse and you'll only end up embarrassing yourself.
3. Unless it's already discounted, never, ever pay full price on large items (eg. furniture, white-goods etc.), you might be surprised at how much of a discount you'll get.
4. Be confident, not cocky.
5. Build a rapport with the seller, make sure you smile and be friendly - as they say you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar!
6. Start off small to begin with, maybe just a couple of dollars, then work your way up as you gain confidence, you'll get a feel for when enough is enough ;)
7. If in doubt, simply ask if the marked price is the best price they can do for you.
8. Get to know your market stall-holders and op-shop ladies and gents! Have a genuine conversation and share a giggle. I cannot stress the value of being a polite, friendly person as opposed to a snooty bitch should be pretty self explanatory but apparently, for some people, it's not. *sigh*
And that's basically it folks. Give these a whirl and you'll be seeing discounts in no time, trust me!
So tell me, what's the best bargain you ever got, with or without haggling? I'd love to know :)
Cas x

p.s. still deciding on whether to paint the plant stand white or not...I'm kind of liking it natural, feel free to let me know what you think!


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