When you have to buy a new car or computer, you'll often encounter a pushy sales person. Avoid getting sucked into suspicious sales tactics by bringing a friend with you.
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As personal finance blog Money Ning points out, having a partner with you who knows what you need, but isn't financially or emotionally invested in the deal, can make it easier to say no. It especially helps if that person has some knowledge of the product at hand. Most of all, it's harder for a pushy sales person to override the decisions of two people, rather than just one:
If you get persuaded easily, bring reinforcements, such as a friend or family member. Tell them exactly what you're looking for and what you want to spend. If a salesman tries to sell you more, ask your friend to step in before you make a bad decision.
You can even use this to your advantage when it comes to negotiating. If the sales rep you're talking to doesn't offer favourable terms, talk it over with your partner. Take time away from the rep, if necessary. The longer you can keep from saying yes, the more leverage you can muster.
How to Successfully Resist a Tempting Sales Pitch [Money Ning]