Thursday, December 10, 2009

How To Haggle (Contest Reminder!!!)



We first posted this video here a few weeks ago as guide to help women develop their smart shopper skills. That was before Black Friday and before the holiday season officially kicked off. But now that the shopping season is heating up, we wondered how many of our followers would consider themselves good hagglers? So tell us what type of shopper are you?


The Poll:
1) Would you consider yourself a haggler or do you almost always pay the listed price for items like: Clothes, Makeup, Accessories?

2) If you are a Haggler what are some of the secret weapons that you use? Do you wear that special low cut top? Do you play the distressed damsel or are you fierce?

3) Did any of the points in the video add to your repertoire?


The Prize:
One lucky Free Subscriber will win a $50 gift certificate code to spend at Charlotterusse.com. The Code be used both online and for in-store purchases.

Official Rules:
1) This contest is open to all Fashionwithfifi.com subscribers. Click Here to become a Free Subscriber if you aren't already.
2) Ever comment counts as an entry. One Comment will be selected at random and will announced as the winner.

3) This Poll will run from Saturday, December 5, 2009 through Saturday December 12, 2009. Winner will be announced on Sunday December 13, 2009.

4) You must be 18 years or older to enter.

5) Contest prize is only open to U.S. residents only.

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74 comments:

  1. I NEVER KNEW WHAT HAGGLING WAS, SO NO I DONT CONSIDER MYSELF A HAGGLER BUT NOW I KNOW SO BELIEVE ME I WILL TRY!!!

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  2. I'm not an expert haggler, but I do try in the flee markets. I just know when things are over priced so I talk them down.

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  3. I did not know what to haggle meant until now!!! i do pay the listed price everywhere we go, but i will now try some of the listed tips

    I will use the tips in the video. i guess you'll never know until you ask and that's what i will do from now on!!! :)

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  4. 1. I did not know the term for that was "haggler", but that I am not. I am the person that pays the listed price, at least for small things.
    2. No I've never thought of it like that.
    3. I might try it out.

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  5. 1. I would say I'm a haggler when it's appropriate i pay full price when something is worth it, in NYC it's great to haggle with street vendors cause they usually hike prices up alot.
    2. When I haggle I pretend to be that quite cute young woman and i compliment the vendors alot and i laugh alot..I feel like if you're sending out a good vibe they'll do the same and you walk away with the product for 35% less than it cost.
    3. Well I've never tried haggling for applicances so i'll try that.

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  6. 1. The only time i've tried haggling was for food! But i want to try it for products i really like!
    2. I just try the understanding personality and it works 50% of the time.
    3. No, not yet at least!

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  7. 1. not really a hagler, just at local businesses
    2. LOL no I dont wear a low-cut top or really "plan" anything.....just go with the flow
    3. defenitely learned a thing or two

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  8. I am most definitely a haggler i learnt from the best my mama,lol....and when i go shopping i pull out my super low shirt and skinny jeans with my pumps of course, and i love to play the distressed damsel because for some reason men just love to be the super hero and save the day and having the twins showing out of the low cut shirt don't hurt either, lol....1 point from the video that will add to my repertoire is the haggling over health insurance, office visits and hospital stays now that is one that i will be trying out very soon, labor and delivery watch out! lol

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  9. Unfortunately I'm not a haggler. I pretty much pay/accept the price offered.
    Just yesterday I went to Plato's Closet to sell a few items to earn some extra holiday cash. I brought in an entire bag full of stuff to the store, but they only decided to buy a few things from me. They offered me about $25 for the selected things. Instead of asking how much they were offering me for each item, I just took the $25! Maybe if I was more of a haggler, I could've gotten more for the items ;-)

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  10. wow! I didn't know anything about haggling till now! I usually pay the listen prize for almost everything! This video was very helpful!

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  11. 1. I consider myself as a part-time unprofessional haggler.

    2. When I haggle I use competitive stores as a platform also I tell what price I am willing to pay for the item this is usually on electronic items that is about to be outdated. I also use the damsel in distress as well as the being fierce, depending on the place I am and the item.

    3. Yes, I will definitely bring cash.

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  12. 1.I wouldn't consider myself a haggler. I'm a college student so it's hard to get out and shop like I want to, but when I do I just take advantage of the sales.
    2.not haggler, so i don't really use those tactics
    3.I did take alot from the video, it was very helpful...and you I wouldn't have thought to ask some of the questions that were brought up

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  13. 1) I am not a haggler; I usually pay the listed price for clothes, makeup, and accessories.

    2) I am not a haggler so I suppose I just pass this question. =)

    3) Yes, tips # 1 and 2. I am a loyal customer to some local shops and now I know to ask for discounts because I am loyal.

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  14. Haggler ?! First time actually hearing the term.
    But I can honestly say sometimes I am and sometimes I'm not.
    It all depends on what it is, the price and place I'm trying to buy the item.
    But when I'm totally hyped to "haggle" [lol] I go all the way ...especially when I'm dealing with men so I usually I get what I want with the price I'm asking for !!
    Other then that, I usually don't mind paying full price !!
    But I will most certainly use the information from the video

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  15. Haggler in disguise... Shop at discount stores to begin with then ask for deeper discount if there's a button missing!

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  16. My mom is the ultimate haggler..I learned from her so now I am a bonafide haggler..hehe

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  17. I usually NEVER buy ANYTHING full price! Im soo cheap its sad! LOL. I always wait for sale!! If Im somewhere I know I can use my haggling tactics, I go for it! Im usually very stern, and act like I don't care about getting the item as much as I really do... it works sometimes... heehee

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  18. I would not consider myself a haggler. I like sales and clearance, but I don't negotiate prices when I go into a store. I assume that is the price and just get it if I really want it

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  19. 1.) Not much of a haggler. But I don't like paying full price.

    2.)While I don't haggle I usually wait until the item is on sale (I'll just grab a coupon online/in the newspaper) or buy it online at a cheaper price. Also some stores usually have loyalty cards (Macy's) where you can get most items 10% off.

    3.) Yes, I learned never to ask for the "best price," to go 30% lower, and always bring cash. That's something to keep in mind. The rest I knew.

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  20. 1) I haggle stuff that I know is way marked up

    2) I'm just really nice, put on my best smile, give the seller a genuine compliment, be really persuasive and bat my eyelashes just a little

    3) definitely, they were some good points!

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  21. 1)I am not a haggler, always pay full price for everything. :(

    3)I will put the haggler to the test and see how much I can save. :)

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  22. I don't usually haggle because i just go to the discounted section.

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  23. I am an in between Haggler. I am always working the angles on Jewelry, but I don't have the courage to do it in an department store. I am not too trashy, but you can find me with the low cut blouse at the auto shop trying to get the best deal on a superhero wannabe guy. I knew the part about jewelry but now I will try negotiate on Health Care.

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  24. 1. Yes, I'm a haggler!
    2. I'm a online shopper, sites like FashionWithFiFi.com, retailmenot.com, and couponshare.com, always keep me posted on coupons and recent sales to all my favorite shops.
    3. Asking if items will be piut on sale is probably the one I would use most. I NEVER really pay the asking price for ANYTHING.

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  25. 1) I dont haggle myself.. i allow the haggling to be done for me by other customers... usually things that other people dont wantcan be fixed or worn differently thatn it was intended and it becomes fresh again... so in essence i bargin shop... but that isnt always the case where i may need something that is retail priced then I usually pay retail or i 'shop' and come back and report that i found a very similar item in another stor for less...

    2) usually I am straight forward about it you can only get so far with haggling so i dont annoy the sales person

    3) Im going to try everything in the vid because i am not an agressive haggler so maybe those pointers can help me save money

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  26. 1. I am definately a haggler. Of course its hard to do when shopping at a department store but let me get you face to face and there is no way im paying list price.
    2. As for the method nothing beats the look of distress and sad eyes, but not always bieng funny and comical works for me also.
    3. I definately will be using the infor in the videoi have no tactics for stores so im definately going to be asking about sales more.

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  27. 1. I am a semi haggler. LOL. Not an expert by any means, but 8/10 I can get what I want at the price that I want.

    2. So I've been told I have a very sweet voice. I use that to my advantage with men in the stores. With women I defintetely work towards what can help with their commission if possible.

    3. An interesting point I learned is buying a entire inventory of products with limited shelf life...LOVE IT!!!

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  28. 1) I am a haggler particularly with vendors and small, non corporate businesses. I like to give REAL people my money and they will take it!

    2) When a store associates asks if I need help, I ask what are the specials going on. I'm always very warm and friendly, and pick
    up conversations with the employees. I've noticed I get additional discounts just for taking an interest in the workers as people.

    3) Yes! I never thought of negotiating health care services. I will definitely try this!

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  29. 1) Yes, I believe everyone has a haggler gene!!!

    2) Most times I like to wait until around closing times and I only bring a certain amount of cash with me, I play the cute distressed damsel and then I basically get whatever I need!

    3) lol definitely! I will

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  30. Oh baby! I am definitely a Haggler! I consider myself a discount diva. I never pay full price for anything. From clothes,makeup,furniture,even utilities ;-) Even better is getting things for FREE. My secret when dealing with men is to always always Flirt. Men luv that. If haggling over the phone always be nice but tell them you will feel much more comfortable if you could pay...(ur amt goes here) Then always threaten 2 take your business elsewhere. There are tooo many tricks to this trade. But remember in this tough economy no one wants to lose customers and WE the customers should never PAY FULL PRICE!! Stay blessd :)

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  31. I did not know that you can haggle on things like clothing and make-up, so I guess I am not considered a haggler because I have never tried. The video posted has really opened my eyes to new ideas. I will definitely try to haggle now, especially during the holiday season.

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  32. I never knew make up && clothes could be haggled. I haven't done so before but after watching the video, I just might!

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  33. I do alot of haggling esp when it is a mom and pop type of store. I make it a joke but i tell them that i work in the back and i need my employee discount and they usually give it to me;-0 lol i work waaaaay in the back you know where you cant see me;-0 lol

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  34. I think that I am a pretty good Haggler! I am known to hit the Clearance racks and then when ready check out I point out all the "extra" flaws(knowing I can fix them easily of course!)and usually end up getting an additional 10% off! I learned it from my Husband first then I saw your video and picked up a few more pointers, so thanks!

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  35. nika_109@hotmail.comDecember 9, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    i am a haggler in the making.....semi haggler going for full time

    talk about going to other stores and their offers while holding a wad of cash in my hand.
    ask for a discount for purchasing more than one item
    make my bf shop for me so he can use his military discount in addition to other couopons or specials
    didnt know one could haggle for health care def will be tryint that

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  36. I am definitely a haggler. I will walk away, tell them I will go somewhere else where I "know" I can find it cheaper in an attempt to talk them down, etc. I also price watch etc. Dh and I are currently working this whole Christmas electronics thing now while shopping for a mini laptop for the daughter! It's all about relationships! We make friends with the sales associates and get calls when things go on sale:) Gotta work it in the economy!

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  37. Yes I would consider myself a haggler...Most of the stores I go to are Vintage stores, because they have really unique pieces but me being a student some of those prices are out of hand. Most of the time I ask them if I could get a discount if I spot thread issues or maybe a zipper being stuck and i get them, but because i'm a regular at some of those stores they give me a discount anyway. Also I just bought a wholesale of feather earrings from a street vender that was selling 50 pairs of feather earrings for 40.00 and I asked him could I get them for 20.00 because that was all I had and I got them. Here's a tip for some, I used to work at Old Navy which is also associated with the Gap and Banana Republic, They are always willing to give an extra discount on clearance items if you say that the item is out of season. Most of the items are already dropped to about 7.00 and another discount added maybe about 3.50...so you could really cleanup there. Student discounts are always good to use

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  38. I rarely haggle. I would consider myself a rookie at haggling. For some reason when I do try to haggle I feel guilty about it, like I'm trying to get over on the person. However given the current state of the economy I am more encouraged to haggle. I just need to polish my skills. Thanks for the tips.

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  39. No, I don't consider myself a haggler but I never buy retail either. I actually prefer to thrift shop or not to shop without a coupon. I was familiar with some of the things in the video like asking about the inventory on a product. Buying the floor model is also a good way to save. I will definitely keep these pointers in mind.

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  40. I consider myself a haggler, especially when it comes to the maintenance on my car and a mechanic and his prices. I always say, I am a single mother of two and I love my car and please take it easy on me. I work hard and need my car to get around. Okay, when it comes to buying clothes I ALWAYS go to the store with the best sales, or I sub clothes and or pick the next to the best as far as the price goes. For my appliances, I sometimes do online like craigslist and I always ask is this your best offer and would you take this much for it. I am also an entrpreneur and I sell concession food and sweets and all of my stuff came off of ebay. Also if I am grocery shopping, I have coupons. I also compare prices with different stores. Voila I save money. I also use just about every tip in the video. Thank all

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  41. I'm not a haggler. I had no idea I could negotiate retail prices. I also shop online majority of the time, so i always look for coupon codes before i hit "checkout". I will definitely use some of the tips in the video.

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  42. I would have to say that I am haggler at times, only if I feel the quality of the merchindise is not worth the price listed.

    I think I am fierce but polite when it comes to haggling.

    The pointers in the yideo were very useful I will keep those in mind.

    THanks

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  43. 1) Would you consider yourself a haggler or do you almost always pay the listed price for items like: Clothes, Makeup, Accessories? I shop around and research prior to my purchase.

    2) If you are a Haggler what are some of the secret weapons that you use? Do you wear that special low cut top? Do you play the distressed damsel or are you fierce? I just ask – you’ll be surprised how much you can get.

    3) Did any of the points in the video add to your repertoire? Some

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  44. 1.) No. The only time I tried to haggle was at a Flea Market. I thought I did a good job, unitl some told me I still paid to much.
    2.) I tried asking, but I think they see sucker written on my forehead
    3.) I found teh video useful I'll use some of the points this christmas shopping season to see if it works.

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  45. Ok..I dont consider myself a "haggler"..but It seems that every where I shop..sales just seem to to find me..lol But I dont pay regualr price 4 nothing..I always buy my "Summer" wardrobe when "Fall" approaches..thats when eveything is on sale and I just save it 4 next year and vice versa for "Winter"..I just love sales and when ur a College Student..u have to save every penney..lol This Video really helped me even more! I see nothing wrong being a bargain shopper!

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  46. Not really a haggler but maybe I should start. No I haven't tried to wear a short skirt or low top don't think I would get too far. Yes I did learn so much.

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  47. WOW! Great info, I'm not much of a haggler myself but this is great incite I didn't know! May have to take advantage of this the next time I go to the market!

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  48. I thought I was a haggler until I watched this LOL. One of the things I like to do is find items with minor flaws like a scratch, stain or a ding that can easily be reversed at home and work with it. Ex. buying the shirt with the make-up stain as appose to the one with out it by asking for 20-30% off this works EVERY TIME! I worked retail for years all they do at the end of the day is ship it off as damaged then it ends up at N.B.C., Ross, TJ-Maxx, BurlintGon...... For like 80% off!!!! GIVE IT A TRY, YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED!

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  49. I am def. No a haggler cuz I dnt kno wat that means

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  50. 1) I pay the listed price for things.
    2) Not one.
    3) I think I'm gonna try it out, lol! Might be worth it! (:

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  51. I am definitely a haggler! I am a college student trying to stay trendy on a budget! My latest tactic for haggling was Black Friday. I scoped out the Black Friday sales of my favorite stores, and picked out the items that I wanted to purchase before hand. I also went to the stores and tried on clothing items, so I would know what sizes to grab so I wouldn't waste anytime in the fitting rooms on that day. Secondly, I checked with store managers and negotiated price adjustments if I were to purchased something a couple of days before the Black Friday sales...Their reply??? "We don't want to, but we would have to"... Straight haggling baby! lol

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  52. my mom and my boyfriend taught me how to haggle. it is best to act like you know alot about the product. i dont think the dasmel act works.
    never price for a marked price.

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  53. actually i do haggle, but it depends on the kind of store im shopping in, places like walmart, are a waste of time, but i haggle my phone bill, accessories, shoes and what not

    i dont wear any special clothes but sometimes, i play like i only have a certain amt of cash but i really want a product, and they normally give it to me and as for a phone bill, im fierce but sweet, i tell them the service is horrible and im never paying another cent on it because the service sucks horribly and im going to another company and they always give me courtesy credits

    video was ok, its useful for someone who doesnt do it already

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  54. I've never heard of this term before, but I wouldn't consider myself to be one. I ususally pay the listed price for small things and maybe wait for a sale on the over priced items.

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  55. 1. Yes, I'm a haggler!
    2. Well, I give a deep smile if its a guy and start a conversation with him, then see if I can get the price reduced on the item or deal that I want and if not see if I can get something free from the store. The kry is be nice, give a smile and be yourself it works on guys if u a girl though. lol
    3. I learnt more stuff that I will try next time. lol

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  56. I have never haggeled before but I have been thinking about doing that for the Christmas shopping. I have heard that you can ask for discount and stuff but Im not sure why I never have because I love shopping epecially at rad stores like Charlotte Russe. I havent been there in so long because I moved but they just built one and I have been dying to shop there. Hope I win. In need of Charlotte Russe shopping.

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  57. ...And I learned a lot. Im so gonna be a haggler lol

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  58. 1) Would you consider yourself a haggler or do you almost always pay the listed price for items like: Clothes, Makeup, Accessories?
    Depends where I'm shopping if at a local smaller shop or market most definitely! haha

    2) If you are a Haggler what are some of the secret weapons that you use? Do you wear that special low cut top? Do you play the distressed damsel or are you fierce?
    Hmm never had the chance to do the sexy clothes thing...unfortunately because I's be so good at it ;)

    3) Did any of the points in the video add to your repertoire?
    Yes, the video is very informative...at least to us hagglers hint hint :P

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  59. Q.1.I'm a haggler at times, hey its a recession. Q2. I would do all 3 depending on how I feel at the time, the damsel in destress works well.
    Q3. Yes, I took in what was said about speaking softly so that other will not hear and exspect the same deal. That way it won't ruin yours.

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  60. I don't call myself haggler but i will not definitely try. This video was very helpful.

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  61. yes im a haggler. my tips never carry large bills more then a ten aways ask for the lowest price people are more likely to go down half the price
    they will tell you a price slighly more then your price and you meet in the middle.always know how much a item is else where most place price match but dont advrtise it.

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  62. Idk about haggling because I am no expert in this area. However I do a lot of online shopping and am always sure to get a deal if I can, and possibly something free. Wherever I am buying from I always go online and search discount codes. I almost always find at least one.

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  63. My sister is a master haggler and I learned from her. I know she will get her money's worth from this gift card.

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  64. I'm not haggler, never have been. My mother however....totally different story!If its cute, alot of times I don't even see a price tag! lol

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  65. 1. I usually always pay the price that is listed, unless something is wrong with the product.

    2. If I were a haggler, I would definitely be a friece one. I'm a smooth talker...LOL

    3. The video did show me some great tips and suggestions...I'm ready to haggle...let's go!!!!

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  66. Well honestly i didnt know wat a haggler was until i watched this movie. well is hop in new york city a ot ans some stores not all carry the same products like clothes, shoes, etc. So i can say that i do haggle a lil because if i see something in one store then go to another store and its more money but a little different in the design I WILL TALK THEM DOWN. I would just say " well im going to the other store cause they got it cheaper".Now im not gonna front but i do pay full listed prices for somethings only if i think it's really worth it.
    Step # 2 was really helpful because if you didnt recieve a coupon or discount in the mail doesnt mean nothing is on sale

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  67. I have haggled a few times in my life ;) lol
    BUT I LEARNED EVERYTHING THAT I KNOW FROM MY DAD ...

    Basically what he told me to do is never tell them you have enough...so if they (meaning the store or side shop) really want your money they will go down by however much you have :)

    YEAHHHHHH BOYYYYY!!

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  68. I dont really consider it haggling :) but I basically zero in on the person I am going to request something from. By this I mean, I either make eye contact, crack a joke, make a comment, something to build quick rapport. I am a natural talker so it comes easy to me (thanks dad) to get what I want.

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  69. 1) Would you consider yourself a haggler or do you almost always pay the listed price for items like: Clothes, Makeup, Accessories?

    I do not consider myself a haggler, but I would say I know how to haggle. I'm an East Coast girl and I spent a lot of my time in New York where you can definitely haggle down the prices on many items depending on where you are! It is kind of difficult to haggle in my area right now.

    2) If you are a Haggler what are some of the secret weapons that you use? Do you wear that special low cut top? Do you play the distressed damsel or are you fierce?

    Research, research, RESEARCH! Usually when I go shopping in New York I make sure I know what I want first. People will try to sell you imitation items and it it important to know how to tell the difference between real and fake. I don't use my body to get low prices, just be serious and don't take no for an answer.

    3) Did any of the points in the video add to your repertoire?

    Unfortunately the video will not load for me :(

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  70. i dont consider myself a haggler. I didnt know you could haggle at stores with set prices. i have however haggled before at privately owned stands in the mall. I may start now.. and i would def try to win over the men with a little flirting. =] I def. think this video is helpful!!

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  71. CR has a stylish collection.




    Laspark

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  72. I was unaware that you can haggle in stores. The only haggling I knew of was in the streets. I also know and use the damaged goods haggling,and that is the only thing that I'm aware of in the stores. Where if the item is damaged or has a spot on clothes you can buy it for cheaper. Thats what I did when there was a spot on a dress.

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  73. 1. I wouldn't consider myself a haggler, but I am a smart shopper. I check sales papers and look for coupons and promotion codes to use.
    2. I haven't tried real haggling before but I think I'd just use my personality and try to convince the seller that I'm actually helping them out.
    3. I learned quite a bit from this video. Jewelry is marked up 300-1000%?! I will never pay the list price for jewelry again.

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  74. No, I don't haggle, but I will from now on! I would usually pay regular price for everything. Thanks for the infomation. I will pass it on to many other people that don't haggle.

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