You don’t have to be at a yard sale to do a littler haggling. Did you know you can actually negotiate prices at retail stores? Use this thrifty trick to save on your next purchase—no matter where you make it!
Of course retail stores won’t ever admit to haggling. Tell a clerk at Best Buy that you really like that $800 television but only have $700 and he’ll probably just laugh. That’s not to say, however, you can’t get that exact TV for $700—or less.
The key to negotiating prices at retail stores and getting yourself a better deal is to build rapport with somebody working at the store. Ask for help with the item you want to purchase and ask lots of questions. Then, get interested in the person helping you. Even if the clerk doesn’t work on commission, if you’re friendly enough, they may just help you out.
Once you’ve chatted for a few minutes, mention that you really like the item you’re looking at but just can’t justify the cost. Don’t say anything else, and see what the clerk says. You might just get lucky. He or she might know of a coupon code or other discount available, or even offer to apply his or her employee discount.
If you don’t have any luck, ask the clerk if there are any sales coming up that would reduce the price of the item. If there is, sometimes a clerk can apply the discount early. Be persistent but friendly.
Negotiating prices at retail stores won’t always work, but if you have the gumption, it’s always worth a try. Have you had any luck negotiating the price of an item at a chain retail store? How did you do it?