Thursday, May 17, 2012

How To Haggle in A Flea Market

You’ve come across an item that you want—but it’s a little out of your price range.  Dealers will usually entertain an offer.

*Don’t insult the dealer with an offer that’s way below their original asking price.

*Don’t knit pick the flaws of the item.

*Don’t get gushy or sentimental.  Your personal history does not effect a dealers bottom line.

*Don’t remove the tag—and hope the dealer will not remember the actual price—and lower it.

*Don’t insist you saw a similar item for less elsewhere.

Make a fair offer.  Good Haggling!


  1. I always ask "What is your best price for this?", that way no one gets insulted. I also never make an expression or comment when they give a price that I don't like. I merely say "okay" and set the item down. Alot of times they will come back with a better price. On American Pickers they do point out the flaws, but I don't do that because I think that would be insulting, like the item is a piece of junk. The seller knows better or else you wouldn't be asking about the item.

    1. That's a great way to see if you can get a better price. I am in the same boat as you, I feel like that pointing out flaws is not a way to go when haggling. I bet that the guys on "American Pickers" are good guys, but I always try different routes to get a good price so that everyone wins in the end.