Welcome to The Times in Plain English   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to The Times in Plain English

Enjoy Bargaining?

October 21, 2013
Plain English Version

Haggling is a word for bargaining over  prices. Negotiating is the polite word. Most of the people in the world haggle over prices, especially in bazaars and markets where there are many vendors.

In the United States, people do not haggle in stores like Walmart. Most American retailers use “Sales” to offer their best prices.

But haggling is an ancient custom. Are you good at it? Do you enjoy doing it?

If you only worry about the seller’s feelings, it is going to be hard to get the price down.

The experts say, “The person who cares least always wins.” If a seller doesn’t really need the sale, or cares less than the buyer, then the seller won’t come down in price.

In bargaining, it is important to be fair and ethical. Do not take advantage of someone’s need to make a profit.

Try to not hurt people’s feelings. Watch your body language, make eye contact and be sincere. Do not overdo it. Keep the exchange pleasant. You are better off if you know the value of the item. Try and get to a fair price, not necessarily the lowest price.

If you do not bargain, you will not know if you paid the right amount. You have a 50/50 chance of lowering the price if you bargain. If you believe the seller is expecting you to haggle, the whole process will be enjoyable.

Garage and yard sales are good places to start  .

Source: The Wall Street Journal                                                                                            October 12, 2013

 

Print Friendly

Features

New Research: What it Means to Become a Mother

There is even a word that describes it. It is “matrescence.” The matrescence period begins during pregnancy and extends into motherhood. The signs can...

An Immigrant Artist in America

Nari Ward is an artist from Jamaica. He lives and works in a former Harlem fire station.

Nari Ward takes everyday objects – most...

The Expert’s Guide to Contentment

The experts met in Vancouver. The agreed on the following tips to a better life.

  • Face-to-face social...

Watch That Juice Drinking

Of course, you thought fresh orange juice was good for you and your children. Who does not? Some experts do not.

A good many Americans...

Archives

Dictionary
  • dictionary
  • English Dictionary

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by dictionarist.com
Click to listen highlighted text!