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What types of purchases are you prepared to haggle over? The behaviour of some customers at my recent garage sale had me saying, "never again". However my husband always sends me off to do the negotiating for a new car purchase. What's the difference? Are we adopting the customs of other countries?

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I do not believe in 'haggling' really.
My sons tell people, I always give people even more at Garage Sales.

I think it's very mean to ask for less,as people often need the money or they maybe wouldn't really have a sale.
Even if they are just getting rid of things...we should be mindful, good manners cost nothing.If you don't want to pay the low price of an item,just leave.

As for say a new t.v. or washing machine....maybe I will say ''is that your best price''.? trying to just get a bit more off the big purchase.

I have only ever asked ''what's your bottom price'' maybe 3-4 times in my life, I am old school.
It is a little embarrassing to me to 'haggle'.But that's just me.

I never haggle in shops; I just don't feel comfortable doing it, and I don't really know if the price is negotiable. If it is not, ten I feel awkward. Occasionally I might make an offer on ebay, but never face to face. I think that is quite typical in Britain.
I suppose anything that was worth a decent chunk of money (say, $50) is worth haggling over, and I might try and talk a seller down if an item was slightly damaged. However, I really can't stand it when people haggle furiously over something that only costs a couple of dollars, especially if they're in a charity shop wanting to do the charity out of a dollar that could have gone towards sending a child to school.
I agree with you, I cringe when I see it in a charity shop!
It really makes my blood boil, if only they knew where that money go's....

by jonaja
I will try to negotiate at markets if I am buying multiple items, but I am respectful of the stall holder and I understand they have to make money. When it comes to shops, I generally don't negotiate, although I have asked whether they have any special promotions, which would reduce the cost of an item I am buying.
For larger items I do negotiate. For jewellery, I buy when it is on sale anyway. With larger items I sometimes ask retailers: "Is this the best you can do?"
I do not usually haggle but make exceptions for white goods and furnitures. These items usually cost quite a bit so it is impossible to deny the temptation of negotiating and making some delightful savings ^_^
Purchasing a car, buying at antiques fairs or buying new furniture. Amart furniture store in Brisbane also give seniors discounts. I always ask in stores and coffee shops if they do seniors discounts. It's surprising how many of them do.
I should add I would never do this in a charity shop.
by norma
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