I thought I would put this out there because, a while back, there
was a discussion on “haggling” or customers trying to bargain for
We were in Nantucket, RI this weekend for a family vacation and I
took a couple of hours to tour the local jewelers’ places. One store
was filled with work mainly made by the 2 owners. The conversation
behind me went like this…
"Well, I can’t decide…this one is 6600 and this one is 9900.
Husband says “can you do any better on the price?” Salesperson “no,
I’m sorry. All work is made here, by hand, and those are already our
best prices” Wife “Dear, don’t ask her that, she’s just the
salesgirl, she can’t do anything” Salesperson “Excuse me, but I’m a
jeweler and also a gemologist” They ignore her, head of to the back
to negotiate with the owner.
Second store… Customer asks what the charge will be for custom
item Salesperson replies “it will come to 1100” Customer “Can you go
any lower than that?” Salesperson “I cannot, but if you would like to
come back in the morning, when the owner is here, she may be able to
I’m not making any observations really. These are just data points
for the person who originally asked if haggling was common and what
the response to it should be.