Save big bucks bartering at local stores

By Mika Highsmith - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

It's common practice at garage sales. People we talked to say they're comfortable haggling at garage sales.

But would you do it in a store?

That gets mixed answers. Stafford Jones said, "Certainly."

Alfredo Fiqueroa said, "No, we cannot.

Oh, but you can. Especially now with declining sales. It's welcomed beyond the car lot at stores like the Appliance Center.

"We have people that come in, will see the manufacturers list price, and we try to the help everybody out," said Jim Grzywinski with Appliance Center.

The key is knowing where and how to do it. Furniture stores are another good bet and jewelry stores.

Grzywinski suggests, "Research the item on the Internet. People now actually know more about the product than the salesperson."

Also, price match at other stores, so you get the lowest. Tell the sales person what the competition is selling it for.

Practice your pitch and be polite. Also, if possible, offer to pay cash.

Lastly, choose carefully. Pick a "haggle-friendly environment," and pick items with a higher markup.

Jones said she normally doesn't do it in clothing stores unless it's a damaged item. Then they might come down in price.

So remember, know when it's acceptable, get informed then just give it a try. The worst thing that could happen is they'll say no.

The best scenario is they'll come down from the sticker price and accept your price.

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