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By Beware / 02.01.10

As I’ve learned first-hand throughout my past year in outside sales, the only price truly set in stone is the one your family pays for your headstone. Other than that, everything is up for grabs, which is why The Consumerist’s baiting Washington Post referral, “Why Aren’t You Haggling Yet?,” drew me in like the red light at Krispy Kreme.

With the bad-economy excuse having made it’s way into an entire nation’s vernacular, it seems as if people have finally caught wind to the savings incurred from holding a high ground of persistence.

The price tag on the smooth pair of Cole Haan loafers at Macy’s said $148. I considered that a fair opening bid. Standing across from the salesman and the cash register, I said, “Can you knock off 25 percent?”

The salesman said, “Can’t do it.” But I pressed on: “I’ll get them on the Internet or at one of your competitors, so let’s just do this here.”

Salesman: “Geez. You’re like the second person who has tried to do this today.”

We stared at the shoe box. I liked what was inside. The loafers fit well, but they would feel even more comfortable with a discount.

Macy’s blinked first. “Ten percent off,” the salesman said. “That’s the best I can do.” I sensed an advantage and counteroffered: “Let’s do 20 percent.” I then sensed annoyance and settled for the 10 percent.

My first attempt as a haggler saved me almost 15 bucks and placed me at the center of “the biggest sea change of consumer behavior since the end of the Second World War”…

From Macys to Best Buy, Verizon all the way over to the meat-market at his local grocer, Washington Post writer Michael S. Rosenwald expresses the ease of redeeming cheese from a variety of victims, showcasing $350 in savings across the board in the one week it took him to research this engaging article. Amazing, because it’s true.

Personally, my amputated bank account doesn’t allow a weekly allotment of spending to incur that much in savings, but…of course it doesn’t. Like most of you, I’ve never had this nickel-clinching mindset when it comes to everyday purchases, which has left me apathetically pushed over more than the inflatable Spider-Man punching bag I had as a kid. But now, after being enlightened to the ways of bartering with everyone and anyone, I vow to have a new outlook on spending.

Come Valentine’s Day, I will be a force to be reckoned with.

In Tough Economic Times, Shoppers Take Haggling To New Heights [Washington Post]

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