7 ways to haggle for the best bargain
Pick the right time to haggle
Salespeople have more time to talk to you at the very beginning or very end of the day. Also consider the end of the month and end of the quarter, says Stark. Some salespeople have to meet quotas every month or every quarter.
Also keep an eye on when retailers have their major annual sales, like winter wear in January, swimsuits in August and cars in the fall. When retailers need to clear out last season's goods, they're more willing to deal. But if you hear of a sale that's about to start, you can ask for the sales price in advance, Reed says. "Or if the sale just ended, make the deal contingent on getting the sales price," he says.
One time of the year not to haggle is the holiday season. "If you are negotiating for a hot toy just before Christmas, forget it," Reed says. "But after Christmas, when they're stuck with those products that didn't sell, they're likely to listen to you."