i made my whole living off haggling
its exciting to me.. getting a deal.. using your wits to convince someone to lower there price... thrill of the chase.. craigslist? oh my.. being the one with the green.. and being able to walk.. no emotions.. as for stores like saks or neimans.. yea.. they have prices that they can lower down too.. its the sells guy who takes the commission hit.. if hes having a bad day or needs sells.. but also.. if he is qualified he will show no emotion and let you walk.. esp if he believes in his product.. but.. there is nothing in saks or neimans that i would even buy at 50% off.. a kiton suit for 5400$ guy sells to me for 50% off.. does me no good.. i cant resell it and make $$
i will go into off-saks and haggle there.. 2 years ago they had a over stock of salvatore ferragamo ties.. priced at 49.99 i think.. they were all the unique ones.. with ducks and rabbits all that other fancy stuff.. i asked the floor guy how many they had.. he said they had about 400-500 total.. i talked to the manager.. told him i would take them all for $25 each.. ended up being 400 ties.. 10k people start to think.. he goes in back.. few min later says yes.. we did a sale that was going to go on off a 50% off card he found.. then he goes.. wanna open a saks account and save 10%? i was like.. 1k for a credit hit.. sure.. i moved them all on ebay.. donno if u guys remember that.. i avg like $44 a tie before commissions.. took me a month to move them all.. and.. i never fronted a dollar.. saks loaned me the money on there card, that was the 10% deal.. and it was paid off in full when the bill arrived..
some people are just to proud to ask.. some arent..
on the flip side.. i also own a franchise business.. a haagen-dazs.. 2 of them in fact.. we dont haggle.. because i dont work there.. but if i was behind the counter and could close more sells... i would.. ohh.. and yes.. i did haggle to buy the franchises
you dont have to lie or make up stories to haggle.. you can do it honest and with a straight face..