Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How You Too Can Strike a Bargain ; Haggling to Get Money off Goods May Not Be as Hard as You Think, Says VICKY SHAW

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How You Too Can Strike a Bargain ; Haggling to Get Money off Goods May Not Be as Hard as You Think, Says VICKY SHAW

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HOW good are your negotiation skills when it comes to shaving money off an item in the shops? Or is haggling for a better deal something you'd never even dream of doing? Perhaps the thought of being turned down in front of other shoppers is too embarrassing? New research suggests that when it comes to bargaining, firstly, we're more comfortable having a go abroad - where we think it's more "the norm".

And secondly, the selection of shops where we'd be prepared to give it a go in the UK is limited.

More than half (55%) of people prefer trying to knock money off a purchase when abroad than in the UK, according to a survey for Nationwide Building Society's Simply Rewards cashback scheme.

Nearly one in three people surveyed (31%) have never even tried to haggle in the UK.

While seven in 10 (69%) of us have attempted to bargain in UK shops, this often tends to be restricted to markets and car dealerships.

Some 47% of people surveyed have haggled with market traders and 41% have bartered with car salesmen - but just 7% of people have ever tried to get money off their shopping while at the supermarket and only 15% have asked for a discount in a clothing store.

People in London are the most likely to wade in and have a go when it comes to haggling, the research suggests - three-quarters (75%) say they actively haggle in the UK.

The next most likely hagglers are those in the South-east of England, where 74% will have a try.

In Northern Ireland, 72% of people are hagglers, while in Wales, two-thirds (66%) actively haggle.

People in Scotland were the least likely to bargain in the UK, with just 58% describing themselves as hagglers, according to the research among 2,000 people.

They were followed by people in Yorkshire and the Humber as the least likely to haggle, with only 59% doing so.

Meanwhile, around seven in 10 in the South-west, the North-west, the North-east of England and East Anglia see themselves as hagglers. …

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