Yeah, I definitely think it puts staff in a very awkward position.
I’m too socially anxious to buy things I need for their asking price half the time so the idea of haggling terrifies me.
I did once try getting a better deal on my mobile out of O2 though. Everyone says you just threaten to leave and they offer you stuff. I threatened to leave and they just said, “ok, bye then.”
Fuck ‘sales’ people.
This is a long, but excellent thread:
This is it isn’t it. A shop assistant in a high street chain aren’t going to be able to do anything. A small independent shop then there’s more chance.
(not that I do it of course, it’s hard enough to run a small business as it is)
if you do it in a shop you just look like an Apprentice contestant.
with a private seller is fair enough
That’s basically most of the motivation behind the entire rigmarole
It’s all about tone. I bought a denim jacket last year and it was £50 but I only had £40 on me, so I said could they do it for that and the dude just said yes immediately.
had a mate that did that with sky. just wanted to get some money off so phoned them and told them he was wanting to cancel.
“why do you want to cancel?”
“eh, i’m leaving the country.”
“alright then, sorry to lose you as a customer.”
Where though? In Topman they’re going to look blankly at you if you tried that.
It was just some vintage shop in Stokey, I appreciate it’s more awkward in chains
i have put it’s ok to haggle 2nd hand stuff, but just want to clarify that it is NOT OK if the 2nd hand stuff is on sale in a charity shop.
(see also, trying to sell stuff to a charity shop instead of donating it, which i have actually seen someone do and then fail to understand why we said no.)
Places where you can’t haggle:
Pubs - never seen anyone try and haggle down the price of a pint/cocktail or whatever*
*doesn’t include complaining about a meal and getting some money knocked off the bill
Always a good time to mention my ex girlfriend who used to haggle in charity shops.
this is my go to tactic for haggling, regardless of whether or not i’ve actually got more money ‘on me’.
my mum does it with fucking everything and has done since I was young. it’s fucking embarrassing
people who’ve said they haggle over footwear and clothing - are you talking about 2nd hand stuff/other countries where it’s more acceptable or do you stand at the till in M&S arguing with the 16-year-old checkout assistant about whether they should give you £10 off the coat you want to buy?
groceries too - i don’t believe you