Apparently, while the economy remains in the doldrums, haggling is on the up-and-up. The Economist reports that the proportion of American consumers who have used the tactic during the past four months is at 72%, compared with 56% last year. Key places to haggle include hotels, clothing stores, and electronics shops.
On XUP’s blog, an introductory guide to haggling was recently posted. It’s something I could probably make use of myself, given the very limited extent to which I engage in the practice. The only recent occurrence I can think of was when I negotiated a modest discount on a package of photo gear, purchased at Henry’s.
New economic times bring with them the need for different skills. The fact that haggling is increasingly among them is an indication of the continuing level of financial uncertainty in the world.
If any readers have haggling stories or tips, they would be appreciated. Have any house or flat renters been able to talk down their monthy payments, on the basis of falling housing prices and rents across the economy as a whole?