My friend sent me this link from the New York Times:
Savvy consumers, empowered by the Internet and encouraged by a slowing economy, are finding that they can dicker on prices, not just on clearance items or big-ticket products like televisions but also on lower-cost goods like cameras, audio speakers, couches, rugs and even clothing.
The change is not particularly overt, and most store policies on bargaining are informal. Some major retailers, however, are quietly telling their salespeople that negotiating is acceptable.
“We want to work with the customer, and if that happens to mean negotiating a price, then we’re willing to look at that,” said Kathryn Gallagher, a spokeswoman for Home Depot. …..
Gotta love that! I haven’t tried haggling at a regular store yet, but not because I wouldn’t. I just haven’t found myself in an opportunity to do so. As soon as I get a chance, I’ll try it–if for no other reason than to have an interesting blog post :)
Would you try to haggle at a place like Home Depot, or Best Buy, or other stores?