Hate to pay full price? Maybe you should try to negotiate a lower one.
Haggling doesn't always work, but if you have the courage to give it a try, you might save some money or get something extra for your efforts.
Consumer Reports surveyed 2,000 shoppers and found that 89 percent of those who'd haggled for a better deal in the last few years did save money at least once.
"If you speak up, chances are you'll be successful at getting something," said Tod Marks, senior editor at Consumer Reports.
And the savings can be sizable. According to the magazine's survey:
- Furniture shoppers who tried to negotiate a discount saved about $300.
- Those who questioned a medical bill had it lowered by about $300.
- Haggling about the price of a cellphone plan saved $80.
The survey showed women are not as comfortable with the process as men, so they tend to haggle a little bit less. But, when they do, they are just as successful.
In some cultures, customers are expected to haggle. Not in the U.S. The whole idea makes a lot of people feel uncomfortable.
More than a third (35 percent) of the shoppers surveyed by Consumer Reports said they absolutely refuse to do it.
"If you don't haggle, you are leaving money on the table," said Marks, a habitual haggler who bargains for almost everything. "You have nothing to lose, but your pride. And if they say no, you just move along to the next one."
Some People Can't Shop Without Hhaggling
Tyler Tervooren, a writer who lives in Portland, Ore., loves to haggle. It's one of his favorite hobbies.