If there is one thing on earth I cannot stand it would would haggling, or bargaining with sellers for the price of their goods. Haggling is an art, or so I’m told, and many people excel on it. Some people would go on forever, asking for more discount even after the poor seller has exhausted all means of saying he can’t offer anymore.
I usually squirm when I’m with someone, buying something, and they’d start bargaining. I don’t like it and I actually step in and ask the person to stop bargaining when it gets too bad, enough is enough. I usually get told off by people I know for not bargaining or for ruining their prolonged bargain. I personally never bargain, ever. If I’m told a price I will accept it and either produce the money or move on if I think its too much. This is the price at which the seller is offering, take it or leave it. Why would you deny this person the profit he aims for? He is trying to make a living after all and when he sells for less than he anticipates because of your haggling he will end up with less profit than he anticipates.
The most annoying haggles are for amounts like a kd or two, sometimes 500 fils! Sometimes even I have to admit that haggling can save you big numbers, 200 or 500 KD for example, and I’m impressed but still don’t like it. However, after blowing all my cash in the last book fair for booklets that cost 4 KD and above, I’ve learned that the book fair offers a 25% discount on books and that you must be given a receipt for your purchases and if it doesn’t include a discount you can complain to the fair’s management. Since I’m not the haggling type I wouldn’t have though it possible to bargain on book prices in the first place but now I’m not so sure anymore!
Should I have asked for a discount? Would I have asked for a discount? When I knew about the 25% discount I said that next year I’m going to ask for it since they participants agreed to it in the first place but would I stand there and go how much it is and where is my discount? I’m not sure I’d do it since it does resemble haggling in a way, doesn’t it?
What do you think? Do you haggle for prices or not? Are you a good bargain hunter? Do you know someone like me who complains when you keep asking for a discount?