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Build-A-Story: Do you haggle?

Let's-strike-a-deal moments have always been popular at car dealerships, mattress stores and open houses, but recent data shows that deal making has spread to some unlikely places. BIGresearch asked more than 4,000 people where they haggle for a better price and found that:

* 26 percent do it for better clothes prices
* 25 percent for appliances
* 33 percent for electronics
* 29 percent for groceries (groceries!)
* 30 percent for tires
* 20 percent for shoes
* 9 percent for sporting goods

So: Do you haggle? For what? Did the economy make you do it? How does it make you feel? What was the store's reaction? How much money did you save?

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By Michael S. Rosenwald  | December 29, 2009; 10:35 AM ET
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To me, haggling is rarely worth my time, and I don't want to insult vendors by assuming they have a big margin. Instead, I try to decide on the exact model I want, then look online for the best price I can find to figure out roughly what I should expect to pay (including tax and/or shipping, when applicable). Occasionally I'll let a retailer know that I found a lower price, but if they can match it, I'll buy it right there, but most of the time I let my purchase (or lack thereof) do the talking. I'll pay a little bit more to give a local business my money, and more than a little more if it is a small independent business, because I usually get much better service from local retailers, particularly the ones that are not part of a national chain (Radio Shack, Best Buy), where service can be anywhere from spotty to uniformly awful.

Posted by: MaxH | December 29, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess its in my blood - being from India I always bargain and ask for a discount. The worst they can say is no anyway! One time I was ordering pizza from a local joint and I haggled over the price of a chicken topping. A large cheese pie was like 12 bucks and he wanted 6 more for a chicken topping! I said it was outrageous that one was demanding 50% of the cost of the pizza for a topping. So I ended up bargaining him down to 3 dollars for the topping. I felt good! Happy Bargaining - "It does your wallet good!"

Posted by: Tmoney1 | December 30, 2009 1:48 AM | Report abuse

I once got my doctor to cut my bill down by 50% because I didn't have insurance and was paying out of pocket. I guess the hassle of going through and insurance company was worth $60 to them.

Posted by: reiflame1 | December 30, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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