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Inspired by an article in today's Guardian about haggling, I wonder how many HUKD members actually haggle in the high street / local shops? If so, where and when? And what methods do you use? If you … Read More
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
Inspired by an article in today's Guardian about haggling, I wonder how many HUKD members actually haggle in the high street / local shops? If so, where and when? And what methods do you use? If you don't, why not - but are you willing to try?

I won't haggle in places like Woolworths or Tesco, mainly because the people serving usually don't have any right to offer discounts. But I will haggle when I think they can (e.g. with managers, salespersons, independent retailers). I won't do this all the time of course, but I nearly always make an attempt with large purchases, and I'd say that I get discounts most of the time. I often use the "I can get this cheaper online/elsewhere but prefer to support my local trader" argument, which seems to go down well.

Perhaps the most surprising discount I've managed to get is with a corner shop. The owner agreed to sell milk cheaper than his advertised price (£1.35 instead of £1.50 for 2L) on the understanding that I buy all my milk from him and that I won't tell any other locals! Hey, if you don't ask...

Is it time to bring anarchy from the HUKD masses onto the streets? :-)
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#2
You need to haggle more on your milk. Only £1.25 for 4 pints (2.27 litres) @ Iceland :-D
#3
ive never really haggled but tend to go to the shops that offer the price matches and get them to price match online.. Got my tv for £229 rather than £299 at richer sounds.
#4
i was at a meal with some of my colleagues last night and we were discussing this. seems no one would go into marks and sparks and say i'll give you a tenner for this!! think you would have to have some neck:oops::oops::-D
#5
Whenever I go to the market, and im interesting in buying something, I try to make some conversation with the people running the stall, try and make a few jokes, get on good terms with them, then I will usually offer a few pounds less then they ask, at first they refuse, but then it depends how good you are at "playing the game"

I dont do it at shops like WH Smiths,topman,virgin etc as all there prices are standard and need to match up with there till receipts.

But If I go Curries and buy a TV or something big, I will get them to throw some freebies in.
[mod]#6
Only time i ever haggle is when i buy a new car each year. Never bother in the shops.
#7
black gerbil1
reading then posting brb


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#8
Is it time to bring anarchy from the HUKD masses onto the streets? :-)

i lol'd
#9
col
You need to haggle more on your milk. Only £1.25 for 4 pints (2.27 litres) @ Iceland :-D


Yeah! But we live near the city centre so try to shop without using the car as often as poss. By cutting out some of the heavier items like this, it's more likely that we will. So saves on petrol costs and is convenient - also the milk is always fresh. Never buy more than one at a time. Method to madness? :)
#10
A good way of learning the ''art of haggling'' is to go on holday to Marrakesh!
#11
I got a hat from the German market on saturday for £10 instead of £12, the way I did it was say "I've only got a tenner" and pull a face like ohhhh I really want it too and you'll only lose £2 rather than a tenner...

You should watch a tv programme on bbc2 called summat like don't get robbed get dom, or summat like that. And it was with the bald guy dominic (think he did a dancing programme or ice skating) and he shows you how to haggle- mainly for bigger items like electrical. And he got 100's knocked off. You go on, see the price at say £500 and think I ain't leaving until I get it for £300 and they won't really want to lose a £300 deal. So you start at a stupid price and then work your way up and them work their way down.
#12
Liddle ol' me
Yeah! But we live near the city centre so try to shop without using the car as often as poss. By cutting out some of the heavier items like this, it's more likely that we will. So saves on petrol costs and is convenient - also the milk is always fresh. Never buy more than one at a time. Method to madness? :)


Makes sense but I'd still use it when bartering ;-)
#13
Christmas Eve is a good time to haggle in dept stores. They try and clear down the stock for statistical purposes so I always manage to get at least 15% off.

I never pay full shop price for electrical items. Ask for a display model and get them to throw additional items in. Bought all of my white goods from Curry;s and got them to match online discounts plus another 10% off for a bulk purchases.

All big shops have this in their margins but the Brits never ask. When in the States the shop staff are expecting this.
#14
If it's something i just want, but don't need i will always haggle, and if i don't get my way i walk.
#15
When I was buying my brain, I had the choice of 2. Fully functioning was £300, the "Lite" was £100.

I bought a Wii with my savings :)
#16
thesaint
When I was buying my brain, I had the choice of 2. Fully functioning was £300, the "Lite" was £100.

I bought a Wii with my savings :)


I pmsl'd!!!!!!!!!!! My son's asking me what's so funny!! lol
#17
snowtiger
A good way of learning the ''art of haggling'' is to go on holday to Marrakesh!


Don't I know it. I was stung a few times there at the start, but am pretty good at it now I think. With petit taxis I don't even haggle, just hand them 7-10 Dirhams as I get out. They soon realise you know the true cost of things by your demeanour, but a few still try it on. I always find it funny to ask people at the airport on the way home how much they paid for their taxi from hotel to airport. It nearly always ranges from 100-200 dirhams. I've never paid more than 35 (well, since the first trip :oops:)

bargain surfer
Got the local guy to do the milk @£2.55 for 3x 2litres (85p each).


Wow! That's cheap - for the 4 Pint container (now that col has forced me to be precise :)) ?

col
Makes sense but I'd still use it when bartering ;-)


I know - and going on what bargain surfer has said, I haven't done very well at all! [ marches off to local shop to renegotiate ]
#18
thesaint;3553703
When I was buying my brain, I had the choice of 2. Fully functioning was £300, the "Lite" was £100.

I bought a Wii with my savings :)

I think you should ask for a refund?! lol :p
#19
thesaint
When I was buying my brain, I had the choice of 2. Fully functioning was £300, the "Lite" was £100.

I bought a Wii with my savings :)


I bought the lite version, and it's serving me well. Sometimes the the high-end models are nothing more than fancy packaging and a shiny surface. :)
#20
whenever me or my dad upgrade the pc or tv etc we haggle the shop down

my brother bought a 37" tv in comet and got £50 off with a tv stand thrown in,

when my dad bought his pc from staples, his model was the highest, the next one down had a small hd and he told them he wanted the higher model and the lower price...... they agreed after 5 mins of chat

when i bought my stereo i got a desk for it thrown in, im gonna buy a new tv in new year so will be doing this again :)

always aim for shops that can haggle with you e,g pc world, currys, staples, comet etc
#21
I cant imagine going into Office or Dune and trying to haggle lol.

Only time I would bother is with Electrical Items, done the same as most with my TV, got it down to online price and a 10% discount.

I used to work in retail though and it would really annoy me when people would ask for a discount or to sell them cheaper, I worked in a large shoe store where the price is the price unless its a sale lol.
#22
nikkib123
Tomm haggled on his 360 this week and got a good discount. I am going to try it as well so will let you know.

I don't normally haggle in the big chains but in small independant someones I would.
My dad does it all the time ha ha quite embarrasing sometimes.


every shop we go in, my dad asks for a pen :| its so embarassing

he goes in mcdonalds and asks, brantano etc
#23
jellybaby22
if it was something big or expensive I would haggle..I draw the line at knocking a couple of pence of a pint of milk or a loaf..purely because I cant be bothered and it seems a bit pointless.


1x 2litre milk = £1.35 (£4.05 for three)
Haggled to 3x for £2.55 (saving = £1.55)
do this for 9x 2litres per week = saving £4.65 a week
work it out over 52 weeks of the year = £241.80 SAVED
RESULT = PROFIT. Pointless, I think not!
:whistling:
#24
faevilangel;3553959
every shop we go in, my dad asks for a pen :| its so embarassing

he goes in mcdonalds and asks, brantano etc


I collect pens :oops:
#25
jellybaby22
I meant going into my local shop and spending ten minutes trying to knock 10p off some milk seemed pointless....obviously u are serious about it......:? and I shall not be laughing when you are a self made haggler millionaire..:-D


my point being save £100 on a pc which you'll keep for 4-5 yrs and it's a scorcher, but save over £240 a year on edibles and it's too much bother?
That's just the milk, i've also haggled him down on eggs and bread! :p
#26
choc1969
I collect pens :oops:


its a habit of his :| he never gets one though :w00t:

he also collects stuffed foxes :| he likes to haggle anywhere and see what he can get for freee...... soo funny when he gets in his stride
#27
i haggled in gamestation on saterday i bought lips for 360 .£44.99 . singstar for ps3 28.99 and xbox dance mat game £24.99 last two already in the sale but i managed to get them to let me have the lot for £85 ,
haggling a total of 13.99 off
#28
I always haggle when buying a car. :thumbsup: This is expected in the car sales trade and is usually `accounted `for in the price they advertise.
#29
[SIZE="2"]Is it December already Liddle??[/SIZE]
#30
chesso
[SIZE="2"]Is it December already Liddle??[/SIZE]


Shhhhh! I know, I know... :oops:
#31
Liddle ol' me
Shhhhh! I know, I know... :oops:

You'll be wanting to send me my prize then!!:thumbsup:
#32
ive haggled a policeman to keep my record clean
#33
faevilangel;3554100


he also collects stuffed foxes :|


now that I don't get :shock:
#34
I dont have the guts to do it but we are getting a new digital camera for xmas so really want to try. Where is the best place to go?
Any tips?
#35
i always haggle i love it its like an art lol, family and friends always take me shopping with them cause im sooo good at it lol

when we bought a 40" lcd tv 3 years ago it was up for £1000, i had the cash in my purse and haggled the sales rep to £850 and got a free glass stand that was up for £150 with it lol, he wasn't having any of it at first but he couldnt resist

i bought an out fit from miss selfridge last year it was the last one in my size and there was a thread hanging from it i told the sales ass that i wouold take it if she knocked 20% off the total bill and she did lmfao (i even picked up another couple of tops and as she said she would take it off the total bill it included the stuff that i picked up afterwards lol) When i got home it was just a stray thread nothing wrong the outfit at all i :lol:

my latest was our new washing machine i went to currys and comet and haggled with each one to keep price matching i got £25 off a £300 washing machine and free delivery/pick up old machine :lol:

[SIZE="6"][COLOR="Red"]TIP HAGGLE WITH ELECTRICAL INSURANCE[/COLOR][/SIZE]


when my mother -in law's lcd tv broke i rang the insurance at first they wanted me to choose one from the website but i said i paid £1400 for tv i want the same amount back to buy an identical value tv (the ones online were about £400-£800 with a bit of a push they sent me gift cards with the total amount of £1400 on lol the tv she choose was £700 so they had loads left to spend in store, this was comets or currys cant remember which



theres loads more ive done but i cant be asked to write them all down
banned#36
How much for the Gord?
#37
ilovepink


i bought an out fit from miss selfridge last year it was the last one in my size and there was a thread hanging from it i told the sales ass that i wouold take it if she knocked 20% off the total bill


I would die of embarassment if I tried this lol. Good for you tho, always nice to get a bit of a bargain.

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