Bargaining 101: Lesson One
In most parts of the world, including the U.S. and Canada, bargaining is quite common. It’s just a question of knowing what to say and how to say it. Try the hints and techniques below as often as possible. What have you got to lose?! Bargaining is a game; it’s fun; and it’s actually often EXPECTED.
Sometimes called “haggling” or “bartering” or “negotiating,” be sure to adopt this thrifty yet honest frame of mind when looking for the best ways to stretch your travel dollar.
Just as sellers of goods and services are in business to make money, it is your RIGHT as a consumer and a thrifty traveler to get the most mileage from your hard-earned dollars. So do just that. Bargain for the best deals on everything from merchandise to lodging and more!
You can really stretch your travel dollar if you bargain. So, welcome to our course in Bargaining.
How to Develop a Bargaining Attitude
To successfully bargain, it is important for you to have the right frame of mind. Here are two tips for developing the best bargaining attitude:
Keep in mind that stores, hotels, and services are in business to make money. Many will reduce the price rather than lose the business.
Before approaching the bargainee, you as the bargainer should mentally determine what the maximum price is that you are willing to pay for a product or service. Convince the bargainee that you will walk out if your offer isn’t met, and be willing to do so. [NOTE: You can always change your mind later if you want to!]
Bargaining doesn’t mean you have to be rude. In fact, if your attitude offends the bargainee, you usually won’t win. Just be polite, friendly, and a little bit humble, while sticking firmly to your resolve. Bargains galore will unfold for you!
[NOTE: This is only one of several bargaining lessons. However, the entire series will appear only in the ThriftyTraveling.com Newsletter.]