Mornings with Dave & Jen

The Art of Haggling
The Art of Haggling

Are you a master negotiator?

We AREN’T…but apprently we SHOULD be!

A new survey from “Consumer Reports”  says whenever you DO have the chance to bargain, you should jump at the opportunity!

They found that 48% of people in the U.S. have tried bargaining for a better deal in the past three years and more than nine out of 10 of them succeeded at least once.

The highest success rate came in appliances, where 94% of people who tried got a discount, and saved an average of $200.  Another 94% of people who tried to haggle over jewelry prices succeeded, and saved an average of $150.

It also worked for 91% of the people who haggled over furniture prices and 89% of the people who haggled over personal electronics.

Plus about three-quarters of people succeeded in haggling over the price of their cell phone plans, and bank or credit card fees.

Here are some bargaining tips for the “haggling”-shy from Consumerist:

1.  Convince the person that a discount now will lead to more business later.  So if you want a discount on a refrigerator, let the person know you’ll come back for an oven.  You’ll be more likely to get the discount, and it’s not like you’re lying:  You really WOULD be more likely to come back if you got a discount.

2.  Don’t be intimidated by a person’s title.  People like doctors, lawyers, dentists, accountants, and other professionals don’t have their prices set in stone.

3.  REALLY be willing to walk away.  If you don’t get the deal you want, you should be willing to walk away.  You can always get what you’re looking for somewhere else.

4.  Pick a fair price.  Do your research beforehand and decide on the price you think is fair.  If you try to get TOO much of a discount, you won’t get it.  But if you’re reasonable and you have information on your side, that’s an advantage.

5.  See if you can make a deal with cash.  When you pay with a credit card, the business pays a fee to the credit card company.  If you pay with cash, there’s no fee . . . so you can use that to help the business justify a discount.

What should you bargain for:

Credit card late fee or APRs

Cars

Mortgage rates

Rent (yes, rent!)

Gym memberships

Cable/phone/Internet services

Home and yard maintenance

Furniture

Now GET out there and get a great deal!

D&J

 

Dave & Jen Podcasts

wring

The FREAK Files

The case of the swallowed wedding ring

pierce

Screen Queen

Pierce Brosnan is “The November Man”

marine

Today’s Heroes

A Marine is standing guard…at his neighborhood elementary school!

joan

Hollywood Dirt Report

The latest on ailing comedienne Joan Rivers

redhead

The FREAK Files

A special discount…for REDHEADS?

More Podcasts

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Angelina Jolie debuts wedding dress featuring kids’ artwork

Fresh
The cover of People magazine, dated 15th September, 2014, featuring the wedding of Angelina Jolie to Brad Pitt.

Angelina Jolie has debuted photos of her surprise nuptials to Brad Pitt, revealing she wore a designer wedding gown featuring artwork by their six children.

in Music

Miley Cyrus defends weed photos

Miley Cyrus performing live on stage on 'The Bangerz Tour' concert at Forum di Assago.

Miley Cyrus has defended her decision to publish pictures of her cannabis habit online, insisting she does not promote drug-taking to kids or feature it in her songs.

in Entertainment, Lifestyle

Kirsten Dunst criticizes Apple over naked photo leak

Updated
Kirsten Dunst arrives at the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kirsten Dunst was among a number of celebrities targeted by a hacker who published explicit personal pictures on the Internet.

in Lifestyle

Study: High-action TV shows lead to more snacking

tv

Watching high-energy TV programs might make watching calories harder, a new study suggests.

in Entertainment, Sports

Carrie Underwood expecting her first child

underwood

Singer Carrie Underwood and her pro hockey player husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child.