Haggling, Not Just for Flea Markets

Will every store say yes to your request for a discount? Definitely not. No retailer says, "Sure, we welcome hagglers." Retail stores aren't flea markets and I respect that.

Sometimes I was rejected because the associate wasn't authorized to make adjustments or accommodations. In those cases, they pointed me to sale merchandise or in-store specials that were underway.

A few days later, I visited a different location of one of the chains that had initially said no. During my second attempt, a manager said yes. So sometimes it's the person, other times it might be the location.

Instead of pulling the demanding bully act, always be reasonable with your requests. For example, quietly but firmly indicate to a manager that you're looking to make a purchase if you're able to secure a discount. You might try:

Were there any specials in the last week or so that I missed that would entitle me to a discount today?

Have coupons been mailed to customers that I might not have received?

Is there any kind of promotion coming up that you might be able to extend to me now?

Before you ask for that discount, mentally prepare yourself: Are you ready to walk if the answer is no? If you're denied, are you willing to pay full price?

Tory Johnson is the Workplace Contributor on Good Morning America and the CEO of Women For Hire. Connect with her directly at www.womenforhire.com.

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