4 Ways to Haggle Like a Pro
Whether you’re in the souks of Marrakesh, a yard sale in Moncton, or the farmers’ markets of Montreal, there’s an art to negotiating a bargain. Get what you want-for less-with these expert tips on how to haggle like a pro.
Be Polite When Haggling
"The art of negotiation is a delicate one, and your language needs to reflect that," says Toronto etiquette expert Karen Cleveland. "You can't begin haggling until you know the other party is willing to negotiate." Begin with, "Is there any flexibility on pricing?" If the answer is yes, offer what you're willing to pay. Cleveland suggests starting slightly lower than your goal price so you have some wiggle room to cut a deal.
Opt for Second-Hand
Haggling is expected on items for sale on websites like Craigslist and Kijiji, where you'll often see posts listing a price or "best offer." Be fair and fast: many people just want to de-clutter, so taking something off their hands within a few hours will be worth a lower price to them.
Look for Items That Need Some TLC
Don't pass over a shirt or pair of pants you love because a button's missing or a hem is unravelling. If asked, many major retailers will offer anywhere from 10 to 40 per cent off damaged items.
Buy in Bulk or Shop at Closing Time
Hitting farmers' markets at day's end has advantages-vendors often slash prices to sell remaining goods-but you run the risk of not finding what you're after. Get deals earlier in the day by buying in bulk. Looking for jars of jam or a dozen gluten-free cupcakes? Ask the vendor if they'll round down or throw in an extra, and the answer will often be yes. No one at home needs to know about the extra cupcake.
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