Whenever you’re trying to buy items from a secondhand type store, you can usually do a little bit of haggling. Whether it’s a thrift store, used car lot, or pawn shop in Ft. Lauderdale, a little bit of haggling can go a long way. But, you need to know how to do it in order to be successful. So let’s look at a few tried and true techniques that will hopefully save you a few bucks.
“Can you do any better?” This is a great one. Once you’ve expressed interest in the item, simply look at or mention the price and ask the sales associate if they can do any better. This works wonders at yard sales and flea markets alike. This puts the ball in their court and you’ll know right away if they will budge.
“I’ll give you $*** for both.” Whenever you’re buying more than one of a particular item (or even dissimilar items) you may try to make an offer for the both of them for a lower price than each individually. If you are at a pawn shop and the TV is $200 and the DVD player it $50, you may try saying, “How about $225 for the both?” The prospect of making a larger sale may very well push the sales associate over into your favor.
Finding slight faults with the item is a good way to knock a few bucks off of the price. First, you need to act very enthusiastic about the item with the sales associate. Then, just when you look like you’ve made up your mind about it, you all of a sudden notice a scratch or dent or something. Make it seem like it’s a somewhat big deal to you and you’re about to not buy. A better offer may present itself to you at that very moment. And if not, you could try making a lower offer at that point not the the item has depreciated in value (at least in your eyes).