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Ask the salesperson first, then the manager

Start negotiating with salespeople first, says Cohen. "Much of the time, they are given some leeway to drop prices."

However, if you meet resistance, then ask for the manager. In places where haggling isn't the norm, like department stores and electronics shops, find the person with the authority to bend the rules. Ask a question like, "I was wondering if you could give me a sale price on this item?" Chances are the manager will tell you if there is indeed a lower price on the spot, Cohen says.

"Managers are more likely to have the information at their fingertips, like how much is in inventory and what sales margins they need to make, so they'll be quick to tell you how low they can go," he says.


 

 

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