Haggling was a way of life for Mr. B. I knew Mr. B because his son was one of my friends. ... greatly ... my friend, but it didn't bother Mr. B. He was saving ... B was a wonder.
Haggling was a way of life for Mr. B. I knew Mr. B because his son was one of my friends. His haggling greatly embarrassed my friend, but it didn't bother Mr. B. He was saving money.
Mr. B was a wonder. His distaste for paying retail was so ingrained he would bargain at the local fast food restaurant. Not attached to this man by blood, I felt no embarrassment, so I would watch with interest as he worked his magic with a retail price.
If you were there this is what Mr. B would have taught you:
Be in command. Feel comfortable in the negotiation process. This will take practice. Start in an arena where haggling is a common and accepted practice. Go to a flea market or swap meet. Have some fun learning to haggle with the people you find there. After you have honed your skill you can have confidence as you move to haggling where the practice is less common.
Never be satisfied with the price marked. You are looking for a compromise. Any compromise leaves money in your pocket. A decent haggler can increase his purchasing power by 10-20%. That is like getting a 15-25% raise in your pay.
Always negotiate up. Choose a low price to begin with. You do not start at the price you are willing to pay. If you do, once you mention a price you are done. Start with a low, even ridiculous, amount. (This can be the most difficult part, but forget the embarrassment. Your goal and only goal is to get them engaged.)
As you haggle make your increases in price small. You never know when he or she will accept. There is no sense in placing money on the table you could have left in your pocket.
Never give up. Keep at it. Be sure to go into the negotiation fresh. Donít fool yourself by thinking you are the first person to match wits with this seller and so he has no experience. You must not even give a hint you are weakening. A good seller can smell reticence.
Dress the part. There are clothes to wear to work, to wear to church, and then there are clothes to wear when you shop. You want to be comfortable and you do not want to appear to have money. You can be far more effective if you look like the price you offer is truly all you can afford.
Never downplay the quality or desirability of the item you want. If the item is no good why do you want it? You need to downplay the price of the item. You want the item, just not at the price they are asking. It can be a good idea to mention you have seen it elsewhere for less. However, this can backfire if the item is truly one of a kind. Be careful, only a totally uninformed seller will not be aware of the scarcity of his item.
Make the haggling a two way negotiation only. You donít want to enter a bidding war with a third individual. This can only cause the final price to be higher.
Set a point where you stop. Since you had a price in mind before you began, you should never pay more for an item than the price you have set for yourself. You must be prepared to walk away if the negotiation cannot get you the price you want. Almost nothing is more effective than walking away from a protracted negotiation in which the seller has so much time invested. You will be surprised how often you will be called back for another round of haggling.
Now go make Mr. B proud. Get to work saving yourself some money and use it to pay down your debt.