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Dickering: a lost art?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by kobold, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. kobold

    kobold Banned

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    Dickering: a lost art?

    I recently bought a new(er) car, and put my old POS up for sale. Had someone come and look at it last night, we talked for a while about various things. When it came time to dicker over the price, it was offer, counteroffer, done. Maybe 90 seconds tops.

    Anytime that I have bought a used car privately, a similar thing happened.

    It makes me think that the art of dickering is dead (or that I really suck at it). I enjoy at least trying to dicker over the price of things. It gets received in different ways: some go with it, talk it over, others get annoyed, and the price is what it is.

    I remember multiple stories from when I was young about my father buying whatever, and dickering over the price almost every time.

    Do you ever try to dicker?
     
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    sorry i have 2 ask but what is dicker never hard of it befor
     
  3. Dondrei

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    It means haggling.

    I've never seen anyone dicker in this country, the price on the label is what you pay. End of story.
     
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    well is that a bad thing??
     
  5. kobold

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    Do you mean Dondrei's comment, that the price on the sticker is the price you pay, or trying to haggle (dicker) over the price of something?

    I see neither as being a bad thing. I think that in general people have less time overall, and don't want to bother trying to get a better deal.
     
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    haggling over the price of an item; bargaining, trying to pay less than the price an item

    well I'm just slow
     
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    "Ten-for-that-you-must-be-mad!"
     
  8. HockeyChic

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    I, personally, don't bother. On the other hand, my brother's S/O is a master at it. Ski and I went to Mexico with them a few years back and he didn't pay sticker price on a single thing and often walked away with whatever he was looking at for next to nothing. I'm told he does this just about everywhere he goes.
     
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    You paid full price for something in Mexico? We haggled over our taxi fares there.
     
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    He wouldn't let us pay full price for a thing. If he thought it looked like were even remotely interested in something he would run right over and start the bid war. He got it down to a science really, almost an art.
     
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    Definitely a lost art in the USA...

    Whenever I go overseas to 2nd world countries though, you can dicker to your heart's content.
     
  12. Dondrei

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    As a consumer of course I'd like for haggling to be a thing here. But of course if I was a retailer I'd feel differently.
     
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    Not really. You start the prices up higher than you would if it was a constant price. If you were really good, you'd end up getting more than it was worth quite often.
     
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    I do it all the time at the supermarket. A few minutes before the butcher block closes you can usually dicker the price down to a reasonable level. Then buy them out. I get hamburger that normally runs $2.49 a pound at $1.19 or $0.99 a pound.

    Garage sales, car dealerships, lumberyards, thrift stores, etc. All are good for dickering.
     
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    I vote for George Dickel
     
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    Garage sales are perfect because they're areas meant for dickering. I went to a sale once where the guy in charge was getting impatient with the people asking for bargain and he shouted "The price on the stickers is what you pay, no bargains!" We left before there was a riot.

    Farmer's markets are good too.
     
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    Farmer's markets, I forgot that. I once dickered a wooden spoon from nearly $30 down to a little under $20. Before you think that's too much, it's an enourmous hand carved walnut spoon. A little over two feet long, a huge head, a little fancy carving on the handle. It makes a great paddle as well.
     
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    I should probably try that with the all of the old, discounted video games I buy. I know the stores are desperate to get rid of them. My local Shopkos have hundreds of 20 dollar games, a lot more than their non-clearance games.
     
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    That's funny. It is exactly where my mind went while reading your post before I got to this line...

    Go for it. Quite likely that you'd get a deal, be happy, then go back for more, making the stores happy too.
     

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