Sunday, March 15, 2009

Does it Pay to Haggle?

Today there was an article on that talked about haggling with retailers over prices. This is something that is common is other parts of the world, but I have never even thought about doing it in a department store here in the states (outside of a car dealership). In Greece, Africa, & Mexico it was pretty easy to get 40-50% off what the stores would ask for, but what about here? Has anyone tried this at Lowes, Home Depot, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, or Sam’s? Does this actually work? Please let me know what you have done or have heard of.


Megan said...

Does insane couponing count? In which case, yes. I used $48.00 worth of coupons at Target today - it was awesome. Anyway, I've heard Dave Ramsey say that you totally can haggle with people (managers, etc.) - especially on big-ticket items, and especially when you're paying cash. I've also heard it's pretty easy at locally owned places.

Raining Manna said...

Dave Ramsey says it works in the big box stores. He also says you can get a better deal if you have your cash "actual cash" out and playing with it.

John Fisher said...


I can't stand it when someone tries to haggle at a retailer...I guess it's partly because I've been in retail for so long myself! I never haggle because I know how it feels to be haggled! Now don't get me wrong, I haggle with car dealers...but that's about it. I am a big supporter of coupon usage. And yes, in some cases, paying in cash will provide you with a decent discount..but not at "big box" retailers such as Lowes, Home Depot, and Best Buy.