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2017-11-05 06:48:45 PM  
DuDell says companies selling costly items such as furniture, electronics, and apparel are often open to haggling.

One of these things is not like the others.
 
2017-11-05 08:57:40 PM  
Who are these "majority of people" that literally open up a live chat window to haggle?
 
2017-11-05 09:33:51 PM  

Somaticasual: Who are these "majority of people" that literally open up a live chat window to haggle?


It's not a majority of people, it's a majority of people who decide to haggle.  So...a minuscule portion of total shoppers.  On top of that, that includes people who take advantage of price matching (which is usually a store/company policy) and people who complain about problems with products, neither of which are really haggling in the way most people think of it.  So, pretty much no one.
 
2017-11-05 09:44:54 PM  
The only time I ever bother to haggle during an online purchase is when I'm replacing my phone. I checked out their major competitors first, then started working out a deal with them. Ended up getting $200 off the phone I wanted which brought up front the price of it down to $28, then I wiped my old device and sold it for $200. My contract is up in March, so I'll probably do it again then.
 
2017-11-05 09:55:43 PM  
Just go to Slickdeals.net? It might be the best site for such things.
 
2017-11-05 10:06:22 PM  
I've never understood the appeal of haggling. If someone wants my business, they'll sell the product at a fair price to begin with. As far as I'm concerned, places that routinely take part in haggling on price are usually shady to begin with. They know the product is overpriced, and they only give a fair price to those willing to waste time talking them down while ripping everyone else off.

It's like when you want to sell an item yourself, you basically have to ask more up front because people will always feel the need to talk you down on price. They walk away with the smug satisfaction that they got a good deal from you, when in reality they paid exactly, or possibly more than you wanted in the first place.

As far as doing it online, I check multiple websites and buy from the one who has the best overall price, assuming it's a trustworthy website, they get my business.
 
2017-11-05 10:16:07 PM  
If you're in Pakistan buying a camel for gold, by all means, haggle.
 
2017-11-05 10:48:53 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I've never understood the appeal of haggling. If someone wants my business, they'll sell the product at a fair price to begin with. As far as I'm concerned, places that routinely take part in haggling on price are usually shady to begin with. They know the product is overpriced, and they only give a fair price to those willing to waste time talking them down while ripping everyone else off.

It's like when you want to sell an item yourself, you basically have to ask more up front because people will always feel the need to talk you down on price. They walk away with the smug satisfaction that they got a good deal from you, when in reality they paid exactly, or possibly more than you wanted in the first place.

As far as doing it online, I check multiple websites and buy from the one who has the best overall price, assuming it's a trustworthy website, they get my business.


Monty Python - Life of Brian - The Haggle scene
Youtube u75XQdTxZRc
 
2017-11-05 11:06:52 PM  
I don't have time to do shiat like this and frankly it wouldn't be worth it if I did.
 
2017-11-05 11:48:25 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I've never understood the appeal of haggling. If someone wants my business, they'll sell the product at a fair price to begin with. As far as I'm concerned, places that routinely take part in haggling on price are usually shady to begin with. They know the product is overpriced, and they only give a fair price to those willing to waste time talking them down while ripping everyone else off.

It's like when you want to sell an item yourself, you basically have to ask more up front because people will always feel the need to talk you down on price. They walk away with the smug satisfaction that they got a good deal from you, when in reality they paid exactly, or possibly more than you wanted in the first place.

As far as doing it online, I check multiple websites and buy from the one who has the best overall price, assuming it's a trustworthy website, they get my business.


I love a good haggle.

I don't spend a lot of time on it.  I usually just say I'd like to get X at price Z and sometimes I get offered price Y.

Other times, I bundle.  I say, "I'd like to buy A, will you throw in B? To sweeten the deal?"  This works more often than discussing price.  I think people like to feel like they were the ones that made the sale by throwing in something extra rather than reducing the price.

I think that most people think haggling is competitive, but it's actually cooperative.  You want somethjng, and they want something.  And unless it's their store, they feel incentivized to make a sale fast, rather than make a sale at full price.
 
2017-11-06 12:36:55 AM  
I don't haggle.  I assume the price you listed is the price you're selling it for.  If you're stupid enough to sell shiat to Americans thinking I want to haggle with vendors over the price of a $1000 laptop, what the fark is your leverage?  It's insulting to think I want to negotiate the price of a $1000 piece of technology.
 
2017-11-06 02:27:05 AM  
"Haggling?" All I get from customers is just one offer. When I gave my counter-offer, slience.
 
2017-11-06 06:24:55 AM  
The problem being that the sort of online places that can be haggled with tend to be the shady places that are trying to rip you off to begin with.     The last time I had to grind on a place was 2010 when the company tried to do some silly shiat with my new TV but forgot I'd made the initial purchase through Amazon instead of direct.   It wasn't so much "haggling" as it was donkey punching them, repeatedly and publicly with rating systems on and outside of Amazon till they bribed me to take the damning evidence of their chicanery down.
 
2017-11-06 12:29:52 PM  
fark Consumer Reports. The only place haggling should be a thing is cars, furniture stores, or private sellers.
 
2017-11-06 02:48:05 PM  

ROFLSAUCE: Just go to Slickdeals.net? It might be the best site for such things.


I like tech4less as well
 
2017-11-06 06:15:57 PM  
Can confirm the "add the item to your basket and log out" strategy.  I always do this when I want to make a purchase (totaling) over $50 and I'm not in a hurry.  I almost always get a coupon in my email for at least one or two items in the basket.
 
2017-11-06 06:30:55 PM  
Oh it teaches you have to be trifling and declare a product not matching your expectations and demanding gift cards
 
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