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Walk away, but leave contact info behind
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Walk away, but leave contact info behind

Follow Kenny Rogers' advice: Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em. That is -- know when to walk away. If you sense you're not going to come out on top, vote with your feet. But don't leave without a friendly goodbye. Cohen suggests saying, "Thanks for helping me. I'm sorry we couldn't agree on a price."

Don't let that be the end of discussion. Leave your phone number behind. Cohen says the tactic works especially well at flea markets and road shows, where the seller doesn't want to pack, ship and store the heavy items they had lugged there that morning.

Also, don't be afraid to follow up with a phone call, Reed says. "Sometimes sellers will change their minds about an offer after they've had time to think it over."


 

 

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