Haggling yard sales….ewww….this is a behavior that doesn’t come naturally to a shy, people-pleasing introvert like me! But being an online seller convinced me I was going to HAVE to get into the habit and make myself do it. And that’s all it is…a habit that anybody can learn.
Introvert Guide to Haggling Yard Sales:
♥Don’t go to the sale driving your Mercedes with your Coach purse on your arm.
♥Be friendly! As you are walking up, comment on the weather, make interested small talk as you are browsing. Wave if they are already talking to someone.
♥Make eye contact. People are far more likely to accept an offer if you are personable and polite. I hate it when people come up, take a look around and are either condescending or demanding….”what’s your best price, can you do better?” while holding the item like it’s repulsive.
♥Better ways to say that are “Will you take_____?” A good rule of thumb is to ask 40% off, especially if it is a bigger ticket item. Often you and the seller can meet in the middle making it a good deal for everyone.
♥Ask for a bigger percentage off for certain smaller items (not everything), like coffee mugs if they are priced $1.00. I will often ask for 50% off. If things are 25¢, for heaven’s sake, don’t haggle over that.
♥Don’t fall for the seller ploy of “Make me an offer.” This is my #1 pet peeve. I usually say “I don’t do offers.” Make them give you a price or walk.
♥Bunch items together, then ask the seller if they will take____ for the lot.
♥Go later rather than earlier when sellers are thinking about packing it up. They don’t want to carry it back inside! Of course, you will run the risk of lower selection.
♥You can point out the flaws in a nice way, making that the basis for offering less. I have even done this at estate sales on the first day when it is an accepted fact that you don’t haggle. I can usually get a reduction anyway.
♥Be prepared to walk.
What to say to soften the blow of walking:
- It’s worth it…I just don’t want to pay that much.
- I like it….I just don’t NEED it.
- I’ll have to think about it.
- I’ll have to go home & measure.
- I’ll have to run it by my husband or wife first.
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