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How to Master the Art of Bartering
- Don’t be shy – ask for more.
- Walk away from bad deals.
- Be fair.
For some people, knowing how to barter is both an automatic reflex and a learned skill. People exchange money for goods every day without ever thinking about the true cost or value of the item they’re purchasing.
It’s unfortunate that bartering or “haggling” over prices is so often frowned on simply because current etiquette dictates that not paying the stated price of an item is bad form and trying to get a better deal will make you look “cheap.”
But why would you ever want to pay more than the absolute minimum required for an item you want?
If you would rather pay face value for everything you want and need, stop reading now. This article is not meant for you.
However, if you are less interested in keeping up with the Joneses and more concerned with getting the most bang for your buck, then read on.
Avoiding a Bad Deal
After a crisis you need to make sure you know exactly how to approach a situation and what to say or do to get what you need – without compromising your safety or giving up something you’ll need down the road.
I want to start with my number one tip…
Tip 1: Never be afraid to ask for more.
I can’t tell you how many hundreds, if not thousands of dollars I have saved by asking this ONE simple question: Can you do any better than that?
I recently helped my friend shop for a new refrigerator for her home… It took a little time but I managed to find an open box fridge that had been returned with no damage. This was a $2800 appliance that had been marked down to $1800 just because some one didn’t like the way it looked in their kitchen!
They also had a sale going on all appliances that took another 20% off (taking the fridge down to $1440.) I then found a coupon for another 10% off (now we’re down to $1296.)
So I asked them: “Can you do any better? I had really been hoping to get a fridge for under $1,200…”
That’s all it took. That one question saved me an additional $96.00 (well, it saved my friend some money… I got a free steak dinner out of it.)
Tip 2: Walk away.
The worst thing someone can say is NO. And that’s okay.
If they say no and the price is higher than you’re willing to pay… simply walk away. Walking away is sometimes an even more effective negotiation tactic than standing there and arguing with them.
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Tip 3: Be fair.
I do need to caution you on one thing…
It is incredibly important to remember that while it may be possible for you to influence people to give you the things you want for far less than they want, you may need to work with these people again.
Being fair in your tactics will prove to be beneficial in future dealings, just as taking advantage of those less skilled in the art of bartering will usually end up hurting later exchanges.
The best-case scenario is for both parties to leave the table satisfied that they got a “square deal.”
Can you think of a time when bartering helped save you a chunk of change? Let me know in the comments!
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