The Haggle: Part 2
When you’re looking to get items on the cheap, you’ll for sure be checking out pawn shops and secondhand stores, as well as buying used items from individuals. And in this type of buying setting, one of the greatest tools you have at your disposal for saving even more money is the ability to haggle a price down. In our last article, we discussed a very basic type of haggle. Now, we’re going on to another technique: The 2 for less.
The 2 for less approach is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, but it needs to be setup a little bit to be successful. Here’s how you do it:
- Browse around until you find 2 items that you are interested in (preferably related items, but not a must).
- Call over the sales associate and ask questions about the more expensive item to show that you are interested.
- Look at the price and then ask if he can do any better (see last article for that one).
- If he says no, then seem to lose interest and continue browsing around.
- Then come back to him with the second item and ask about getting both for a lower price than individually (“How about $*.** for both?).
This can be a very effective way to talk down a price. The salesman will probably be interested in selling a larger quantity of items and since they already feel they almost lost you as a sale, they will usually agree provided you didn’t lowball them too much.
I’ve used this one in Hollywood pawn shops before and gotten away with a few really great deals, so I can tell you that this one works quite well.
Give this one a try and see how much you can save by using it. You may surprise yourself with your success.