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Last week, we discussed the 10 things you ought to always bargain for, which includes credit card late charges and mortgage rates. This week, the MyBankTracker group discusses things could not0 bargained for, consisting of a failed attempt at securing some sweet, sweet Hello Cat sneakers for less (pictured above).

Amy: I tried to bargain when, to attempt to see if I could get a decrease health club membership rate, but the gym I was looking into (New York Sports Club) wasn’t interested. They were like, “Sorry, our rates are locked.’

Simon: Yeah, some chains are like that.

Claire: It might’ve worked with a smaller fitness center or a struggling fitness center like Bally’s. Guy, the sales rep was on the phone with me for 10 mins attempting to keep me to stay. “Are you sure? You can go twice a month and we can charge you less for that.” But at that point, they could not have actually paid me to stay.


I discovered this after reading Ramit Seithi’s book, however I have begun to haggle on eBay too. There are listings that have the very best Offer options, however there are some that do not have that, so I get in touch with the seller to see if they’d accept a lower cost. And I have not gotten a straight-up “no” yet.

Amy: What kinds of things are you buying though? I can’t envision this works really well for things that are expensive to begin with.

Claire: No, it’s nothing expensive. If it’s something cheap, I’ll see if I can knock a number of bucks off. If it’s something somewhat more expensive I’ll see if the seller can give me a $10 or $20 discount. So I know that I am getting something cheaper than it was choosing. It just makes me feel better.

Amy: For listings that have Finest Offer choices, I haggle quite hard. If something is listed for $200, I’ll put in an offer for $100. And most of the time, the counter-offers are more detailed to my ask than the initial ask, which is how I understand that sellers are usually increasing the prices of products way greater than they are willing to part with. That likewise provides me the understanding that I need to constantly start with a low price and work my means up. Sometimes, what you think may be a “outrageous” offer isn’t that outrageous.

Simon: I don’t haggle myself, however I have viewed my dad do it. One time, we wanted to get an air conditioning unit, and it was $100, and my father asked if the owner was willing to part from it for $80, and the owner said no. So my dad got something else from the shop, which bumped up the total amount to $130, then he requested for a $20 discount. We got it then. My dad does this typically: buy multiple things then ask for discount after, rather of getting a smaller discount on one product.

Claire: Oh, likewise, I visited a shoe repair location this weekend and haggled over that too. I purchased in three pairs of shoes to become reheeled and resoled, and the owner said $100, and I stated $90. I gave him my best puppy face and it worked!


Simon: Yeah haggling works a lot better at mom-and-pop shops.

Amy: So prior to we began this chat I asked Laura about this, and she told me that she does not haggle because she feels bad – she says the people we are bargaining with require the cash more than we do. And that made me feel bad!

Laura: It makes me feel bad due to the fact that it feels confrontational, however it should not make you feel bad! I did bargain as soon as. I was in Hong Kong for school, and there were a pair of Hello Cat tennis shoes that I really wanted. They were $300 Hong Kong dollars (which is roughly $50 USD) and haggled (as best I could), “Can I’ve these for more affordable?” The store owner stated no, then I bought them anyhow, due to the fact that I’ll leave for the semester and … I actually wanted them!

Amy: When you bargain, you should never ask, “Can I’ve these for more affordable?” Overall rookie error! That offers the seller an overall window to say no. Always be assertive and offer a dollar amount that could not1 willing to pay.

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