Tip Of The Day: Negotiate

by James on May 28, 2013 · 4 comments

Hi All,

We haven’t done the tip of the day for a while, but here is one for you: negotiate! 

My wife and I went shopping for some camping gear this weekend.  We bought two sleeping bags and a three person backpacking tent.

The total retail price was about $600.  After some haggling with the store manager we got the price down to around $500 along with three free pocket knives.

So the moral of the story is: don’t forget to negotiate.  It can save you money.

Best,

James

 

 

 

 

 



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1 Christine @ ThePursuitofGreen May 28, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Great job! Our of curiosity, did you buy your camping gear form a smaller store that was more willing to cut their prices? I definitely try to haggle at the usual places, but don’t usually do it enough. Plus I don’t feel comfortable doing it at an established retail store. I usually do it at farmer’s market, stands, and some asian stores. Though usually I pretend I’m not sure the item is something I really really want, so I have them lower the price to “convince” me its a good deal.

2 James May 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Christine,

Great question. We went with an outfit called Hudson Trail Outfitters. They are in fact a smaller competitor with REI.

I think the manager was kinda stressed out when I asked her for a discount – Americans aren’t used to haggling!

Best,

James

3 Jake Erickson May 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm

This is a great tip. I often forget that I can negotiate. In general, Americans are used to just paying what the sticker price is and moving on. It’s not until I traveled outside of the states that I realized the majority of the rest of the world negotiates on pretty much everything.

4 James May 28, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Jake,

Thanks for stopping by – yes haggling can help with bigger ticket items.

Best,

James

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