Thrifters are bargain hunters by nature. Many non-thrifting pals balk when we seek reductions on already-lower-than-retail (sometimes!) second-hand prices. This is all part of the game, especially when you resell your finds for more. Let's discuss a hunter's daily activity, haggling. Here are my personal bargaining rules:
1. Note Establishment Type: I consider thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales and junk shops fair game for asking for deals. The antique mall I sell in offers up to 10% off on expensive or damaged items if you ask but I wouldn't ask at an antique mall unless something is damaged and I still really want it.
2. Retail or Boutiques: I don't ask for deals in boutiques where I see a lot of work went into cleaning, displaying, and acquiring quality wares. I have asked for deals on damaged or cleranced things in places like Target and Walmart and got that deal, too! But I'm a shameless loon, not recommended!
3. Don't Be a Dick!: I almost always ask for a reasonable discount on every item while second hand shopping, all they can do is say no! If they say no, it's their right. I'm never rude, I never make snide remarks under my breath while walking away. There's plenty of junk to go around, move on to the next find.
Some vendors are offended when you ask for deals but most are up for the challenge and actually love the back-and-forth to arrive at the right price. (At least here in the friendly, conversational, flea-market-filled south!) A challenge is determining what type of shop you're in correctly, like my scenario with Shep's, a place the owners probably don't regard as a junk shop. And remember, don't be a dick, it makes Baby Optimus Prime cry!
What are your haggling habits? Any tips to share? Let's discuss in the comments.