How to Track Down Bargains

How to Track Down Bargains

Lise Harwin
Aug 1, 2008

As devoted as we are to Craigslist and eBay, even the most thrifty eventually buy something new. From our blue bouclé floor model couch to the invisibly dented KitchenAid stainless dishwasher, we're not above seeking out deals in the priciest of stores. We're also not above good bargain hunting tips, which The Oregonian provided in spades.

Some basic suggestions: Look for discounted patio furniture after July 4; buy in January and February, not November and December; and always research, research, research (bring along Consumer Reports, if needed). But the best tips are for those not afraid to haggle.

Next time we go shopping, we'll keep in mind that:

• Retailers may agree to a 2 percent discount for cash to avoid paying a credit card fee.
• If an advertised sale item isn't available, they may waive shipping fees to have it delivered.
• Price isn't everything. Sometimes it's worth finding out if they can throw in free delivery, give an extended warranty, recycle your old appliance or offer other perks.
• One nicely worded suggestion comes from shopper Jim Bobbet, "We always ask, 'Can you do better on the price?'" Simple, polite and almost exactly how we wound up getting 60 percent off our Angela Adams rug!

So do you haggle? And, if so, what's the best bargain you've ever negotiated?

The article is here.

Images: Marv Bondarowicz/The Oregonian

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