Like when buying used furniture, for instance. We were at the Alameda Antiques Fair this weekend, which is a great place to bargain. Here are some things we learned:
• Notice any flaws in the piece. If you want a discount, pointing out any problems will usually help your case.
• Be reasonable. Some say it helps to start off with a low figure, but don't go out of control. Ask too little and the dealer won't take you seriously.
• Walk away. If your heart isn't 100% set on the item, check back later, like at the end of the selling day. Oftentimes people are willing to unload their goods at a cheaper price, simply because they'd rather not have to haul it back with them.
• Be willing to compromise. The whole point of haggling is finding a price that both parties can agree upon. If you love the piece, sometimes you got to just let that extra $20 go.
Of course we welcome any other tips, if you've got 'em. This weekend we walked away from a $225 Danish MCM dining table in great condition, only to come to our senses later and find it was gone... so we know we could still learn a thing or two!
• How to Track Down Bargains