September 29th, 2011
Haggle is such an ugly word. It dates back to the 1570s, when the word meant “to cut unevenly.” When we hack away at prices there’s something decidedly unpleasant about the process.
No one likes looking cheap or greedy. On the other hand, people don’t want to get taken advantage of either. Haggling has the potential to bring out the worst in us: bombastic shouting, insulting someone’s work, and lying about what we’re willing to spend.
I don’t know if there’s a good way to haggle, but here are my best tips on how to negotiate prices and still feel good about yourself.