Even in today’s marketplace of increased pricing transparency thanks to the Internet, when businesses talk a lot about building strong, trusting relationships with customers, shopping for a car can be a confusing and torturous experience. Today’s consumers have little reason to believe anything that a car salesman says; to be inside a …
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Here are nine scenarios in which it’s easy to overpay, get scammed, or come out on the losing end of negotiations.
Are you an Illogical Rationalizer? A Fine Print Ignoramus? Or perhaps a Shortsighted Sign-Me-Upper? If your behavior fits one of the ten consumer categories below, then there’s your explanation for why you don’t have more money in the bank. If you behave like all of the consumer types below, then let’s hope you make a lot of money — and …
National retail chains such as Macy’s and Lowes say that they maintain strictly set prices on the goods they sell. But that doesn’t stop stories from spreading about sales staffers who are willing to drop prices when customers ask. Even if haggling your way to a discount is the exception to the rule, there’s no harm done in asking for a …
As one writer recently found out firsthand, once you succeed in bargaining and realize how easy it is and how much you can save, it’s hard to go back to paying retail.
An 8-year-old from a developing country can probably out-negotiate a 50-year-old American. Why? The child has a lot more experience with haggling.
The first rule is: Never accept the collection agency’s first settlement offer. The second rule is: Don’t accept the second offer either. Are you getting the idea?
In today’s economic climate, in which salespeople are more eager than ever to make a deal to move some merchandise, it’s foolish to not negotiate. Asking for a discount takes but a moment, and what’s the worst that could happen?