are you good at haggling?

Philippines
February 18, 2013 11:14pm CST
my aunt once worked as a saleslady in a tiangge or stalls in the market place. that's why she's really good at haggling/ trying to ask the seller if she could buy the product at a lower price. this usually works when you're buying in large numbers.
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@johndur (3049)
• Pasig, Philippines
19 Feb 13
I'm not good in haggling but I know how to make a beautiful salelady to smile...lol I try to look for the cheapest price first then I try to ask for discount.so far it works for me I get a little discount but it is still a discount...
• Penrith, Australia
19 Feb 13
That's right, a discount is still a discount. it makes sense though because haggling costs manly-points. It will make you look like a incredibly cheap and close fisted man. Not really the best turn on for most ladies though.
@johndur (3049)
• Pasig, Philippines
19 Feb 13
True that's why I don't do haggling,I just ask for some discount if it is possible... Then I get her number..lol
• Philippines
19 Feb 13
is there really a double standard in haggling? what is a girl haggles? doesn't she look cheap?
• Philippines
19 Feb 13
Yes, I am. We have a store before so I know that those prices in tiangge are usually double. In Greenhills, I usually get the item 50% off. I also do this on some hotels here in the country. I haggle all the time to save. It's very hard to haggle during Christmas so I usually do my shopping September to October. I also haggle when we're on vacation. Example: Boracay activities. Helmet diving. Starting offer is P700.00 I got it for P300.00 so the money I saved went to eat all you can food.
• Penrith, Australia
19 Feb 13
Oh wow!! How do you do it? Please be my master.
• Philippines
19 Feb 13
Patience. And whenever they say the price, I always look surprised and say that's expensive! Then I start to haggle. If the price is 500, my starting offer is 150 until we get to the 50%. If the vendor does not like my price, I leave and find another. I get what I want but it's tiring to shop. So lots of patience. I also compare their prices like "bakit doon 300 lang offer sakin?", then leave. It always work. They will then give it to you. Don't be sorry that they will have no profit. They will not give it if they will not profit from it. I also have a friend who has a stall in Greenhills and you'll be surprised with how much she gets it compared to their selling price.
• Penrith, Australia
19 Feb 13
150?!? Really? Oh my goodness. If the price given was 500 I'd start haggling 300 now i know its wrong. And i get really happy when i get a few pesos off of the price they gave me. I have much to learn. The leaving technique is quite effective though, they instantly offer a much lower price but the now i know that it isn't low enough. Your friend has an edge because she really knows how much the costs of the merchandise are. But its still so awesome, good job you guys.
@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
19 Feb 13
I really seldom do that. Coz I feel that the sellers really need to earn more for their family. Not unless I have a clear idea of the price I am looking at then I would definitely ask if I can buy it in a much cheaper price.
• Philippines
19 Feb 13
well, you and the seller can compromise and meet at a certain price that you could afford without them losing.
@kourdapya (926)
• Philippines
19 Feb 13
Yes, you can really haggle when you buy in bulk. My husband and I have a small general merchandise store and when we go to Divisoria, we usually haggle a lot, depending on the quantity of our purchase. We also have regular suppliers there who gives us discounts, so we really don't need to haggle anymore. But when I buys a few things for personal use, I'd look for a male seller, because I find it easier to talk and haggle with men rather than with women. You know I just use my charms, lol
• Philippines
19 Feb 13
well lucky you. i think using you charm is a really great strategy. i mean there's nothing wrong with that.
@Nursefrai06 (2498)
• Penrith, Australia
19 Feb 13
No i am not but i try my best. Its nice to get what you're money is really worth. Whenever i need haggling skills, i used o bring my ex boyfriend as he is very good at it. Really good especially when i bring him to divisoria but then he gets bored easily and hates walking. I think good haggling needs good math skills. And I am so bad at math too. Like i have 99 problems and 300 of them are math.
• Philippines
19 Feb 13
well, it's just basic math skills. i guess you have to be familiar with the prices of the products so that you'll know when it's too high.
@Raine38 (9029)
• United States
19 Feb 13
I am not good in haggling, but I know how to. Oftentimes, I can only get a little discount, unlike my sister who really knows how to drive a really good bargain. So whenever we want to go to flea markets or bazaars, I always make it a point that my sister is with me. That way, I can be sure that I can save a lot and maximize my spending.