When you walk into a store like Home Depot or Best Buy, do you haggle?
Apparently, a growing number of people do, which was news to me when I read this story in The New York Times on Sunday.
This morning, Matt took a closer look at how to do it with Tod Marks, a senior editor at Consumer Reports. WATCH VIDEO
It's hard for me to imagine walking into a store intending to buy, for example, a DVD player, and negotiating the price with a salesperson. In general, our retail culture hasn't embraced that kind of behavior for more than 100 years (outside of buying jewelry or cars, among other specialized items).
The only experience I have negotiating is basically limited to when I would buy baseball cards as a kid. Let me tell you, I was not very good at it. But it sounds like I might get the chance to dust off those skills the next time I need to buy, for example, a toaster oven.
With our economy sliding, it seems consumers are more willing to negotiate to see if they can save a few bucks, and stores are willing to give a better deal because, frankly, they need to make the sale.
In the end, everybody wins.
So do you haggle at retail stores? Or having now heard this story, do you intend to give it a shot?