publication date: Sep 27, 2012
author/source: Martin Lewis
The top ten high street stores
|Retail chain ||success rate ||retail chain||success rate|
|1. Comet||78 per cent||6. Asda||60 per cent|
|2. B&Q||78 per cent||7. Tesco||58 per cent|
|3. Currys/PC World||78 per cent||8. Wickes ||56 per cent|
|4. Homebase||69 per cent||9. Sainsbury||54 per cent|
|5. John Lewis||63 per cent||10. Debenhams||53 per cent|
2,544 people were polled and only retailers
where at least 100 people attempted to haggle
are included. It is likely that supermarket haggling
is on non-food items, for example electrical and garden furniture.
Doing your research is key to haggling
– you need to know what a really good value price
is before you start.
- Pick your time. If the store's busy, you're less likely to succeed.
- Don't go for someone too junior - they've no discretion - or someone too senior, as they've no time. A supervisor is great.
- If it's already discounted, even just on sale, the door is open to reductions, so why not ask?
- If it's the last one left, offer to "help them clear their shelves for restocking".
- If it was on sale, but that's ended, you know they're willing to accept that price.
- Buy counter-seasonal. Barbecues are often easy to haggle on in November.
- If they say no to a discount, ask them just to throw something in.
- Spot flaws in products to massively boost haggle power.
- Play stores off against each other.
- Be friendly, but firm. You're more likely to get a result if the staff member empathises with you.
- See if they'll give a discount if you get a warranty. You've a cooling-off period after to cancel it.