Haggle: Strange Ways to Save Money

Haggling isn’t widely practiced in the United States. Sure, sometimes you haggle at the car dealer or maybe with some local craftsperson at the craft fair, but it’s not a big part of our culture. Most people are too embarrassed or unsure to even try it. However, many more places than you might think are receptive to haggling and it can be a great way to save some money.

I learned this lesson when I had to have some expensive dental work done that wasn’t going to be covered by insurance. The dentist quoted me a price that was far more than I wanted to lay out at one time. So I screwed up my courage and asked for a a discount. At first he said no, but then I said that I would


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2 Responses to Haggle: Strange Ways to Save Money

  1. mike says:

    I had a friend get very angry with me when I asked a sword dealer to take $30 off of a $80 collectors pieces. My friend left the store while I haggled, and when I came out with the sword he was furious I “took advantage” of the store owner.

    There is no reason to be shy or embarrassed about haggling. In my case the store owner made a sale and I got a better price. We both won. He wouldn’t have sold it to me for $50 if he didn’t want to. It is not like I threatened the store owner with holding my breath until I passed out in his store if he didnt give me a discount!

  2. RyanLoos says:

    I haggle all the time for better prices. I even do it at Wal-Mart on some of the higher prices items. It took a little courage at first, but now I look at it as, I work hard for my money and I am going to do everything I can to make sure I keep as much of it as I can.

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