Don’t Ask for A ‘Best Price’ When You’re Looking To Haggle

Don’t Ask for A ‘Best Price’ When You’re Looking To Haggle

If you’re not haggling at a market, you’re overpaying, according to the Consumerist. Shopping at the markets can net you great bargains, but there’s an etiquette to it. The first thing you should keep in mind is that vendors add in a “haggle factor” to the price, so you should definitely try to ask for a lower price (vendors interviewed at the Brooklyn Flea Market say 20-25 per cent off is reasonable, though some shoppers say they start at half off).

Another tip for haggling — politely — at the markets: don’t offend the vendor by asking what his or her best price is and then proceeding to keep haggling after that.

For more tips, check out the article at the Consumerist. Do you haggle at the flea market (or garage sales, etc)? Share your own strategies in the comments.

Tips on Haggling from the Particular People at the Brooklyn Flea Market [The Consumerist]


  • Yeah, I haggle, but it doesn’t help when your wife jumps in at the first cut and says “Oh, that seems reasonable” Seriously I love the Missus to bits, but there are times when I wish I could hit the “mute” button. I was looking to get a bargain for a washing machine and dryer recently, when after the sales dude presented a similar price to a previous seller, she pipes up, “Oh that’s less than the other place!” Grrrr…..

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