7 ways to haggle for the best bargain
The first price isn't always the final price
At Paris' famous Marche aux Puces, it's known as "marchandage." In Mexico's open-air weekend markets, it's called "regatear." Here in the U.S., we know it as "haggling." And while it's the norm when buying a car or a home, most American prices on most items are non-negotiable.
Think again. In this tough economy, there has never been a better time to haggle in any retail setting.
"You can negotiate anything, anywhere these days," says Allan Stark, president of Negotiate4U, a Web-based company that negotiates discounts on everything from cars to cellphones. "You can haggle for lower prices from flea markets all the way up to Bergdorf Goodman."
To be successful, here are seven strategies to use to get the price you want.