Vintage Violet

April 1, 2008

The art of bargain

Filed under: Discussion — by Bobbi Lee Hitchon @ 4:42 pm
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I am horrible at bargaining. Usually I only bother purchasing things that are already priced right and wouldn’t dare question a pricing for fear of rejection.

In fact, I would venture to say the only time I ever bargain is when an item is not priced, I ask, the price is too high, so I silently put the item back. Usually vendors see this as me playing “hard to get” with their merchandise and quickly work something out.

While my accidental method may work sometimes, I really want to learn the art of bargaining from a professional.

Anyone have tips are methods to having a person lower his or her price of merchandise?

How to Bargain and Haggle Your way to Great Deals at Consignment Stores: Here is an article about bargaining by Christa Weil, author of Secondhand Chic. I am trying to contact her for a Q&A, but there is something funky going on with her website. Ms. Weil if you read this and are interested please contact me.

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1 Comment »

  1. The first thing you want to start with bargaining is the price you are willing to pay (doesn’t matter if it is marked or not). Once you have established that, ask a question (not price related) to the person you will bargain with. Their response will help you decide how to bargain. If they want you to offer them a price go lower than what you are willing. Let the dance begin, but you are in charge. Don’t buy it if it goes a penny above what you are willing to pay. Be ready to walk away at anytime.

    Comment by Michele — April 2, 2008 @ 1:18 pm |Reply


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