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The Art of Haggling to Get Great Discounts and Deals

By Nathan Brown T Subscribe to RSS | March 17th 2012 | Views:

Buying a product you don’t know can be really daunting if you haven’t bought one before, especially if you are looking at deals. Whether it is a deal for TV service from Charter Deals or a bad car loan, you will have to do some hard bargaining and even haggle over the price. If you don’t haggle hard enough, remember you will make no big savings. Salesmen in independent stores are allowed to give customers rebates and discounts and to get them you will have to do some hard haggling. Here are some tips that can help you get the best out of deals.

Salesmen are hard bargainers themselves and the first time you ask them for a discount they will plead inability to allow anything less than a standard discount. Don’t be cowed down; instead ask if he can throw in something extra. If you are ordering a TV connection, you can ask for a limited period Internet or a discounted On-Demand service that will save you lots of money. Another way to get a throw in is ask for an add-on free. The usual add-ons are antivirus for computers; batteries for flashlights; upholstery for cars...and so forth.

Heavily discounted products are other targets on which you can do some haggling to bring down the price further. Shops have limited spaces for display and managers try to sell away products at heavily discounted price because they know that they stand little chance of getting the market value and are even psychologically prepared to accept a lower price than they had expected. Remember that a flexed product can be flexed even further. So go for it in a big way. If you can take someone good at haggling along with you, then it’s double advantage for you.

Keep your haggling at the salesman level and try not going to the store manager. Seldom have they any time for you or for a small sale either. Managers are really no good at pleasing customers, so keep yourself at the salesman level. If he does not have the authority to give you a great deal, it is for him to get one from the manager. Salesmen try to keep their customers happy and they also have the discretion to give discounts. They even know how far they can go when you haggle hard enough. In the milieu don’t forget to get your share of warranties.

When you go shopping, especially for electrical goods see if you can locate a scratch or a small dent perhaps and you can be sure about getting a great deal on them. Store managers will not tell about those little shortcomings that do not reduce the utility of the goods they are selling. But for you that can be point over which you can haggle and get even up to 20% discounts. So the next time you are looking for a discount buy run a lens on the goods. Will a small scratch on your refrigerator or a speck of oil on the shirt you are about to buy make a difference to you if you are going to save big?

Choose the right place to haggle and get great deals. Big stores that have hundreds of sales points across the country are not the right place to haggle over price. They are too impersonal, and salesmen or even the managers, have not authority to give you a discount. The best places therefore are the independent stores and one-man shops where you can spend a lot of time and get great discounts and deals. The best products to target are the off-seasonal products; a refrigerator in the thick of winter or a room heater in summer fit into these categories.

Nathan Brown T - About Author:
Nathan Brown is a freelance writer. Watching TV channels is one of his favorite, especially those that are informative like the one he got from Charter Deals recently.

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