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How to haggle and save on anything

(Source: Consumer Reports) (Source: Consumer Reports)

We all love getting a good bargain, but you don't necessarily need to wait for a sale or a coupon to nab a discount. 

Whether you are buying tires or tomatoes, Consumer Reports found there's often wiggle room to either lower the price or get more bang for your buck, but you may have to ask for it.

Ask and you may receive. That's the reality when it comes to haggling. The problem is, many of us aren't asking and end up paying more than we need to.

That is why Tercius Bufete of Consumer Reports recommends using the live chat feature on a retailer's website. Not only does it help overcome the awkwardness, it may boost your odds of nabbing a bargain. Consumer Reports readers who haggled online reported greater success than those who did so face to face.

Even major retailers like Amazon may be willing to work with you. Even though they officially do not offer price matching, Consumer Reports found their customer service team to be very accommodating in terms of adjusting the price or offering a credit.

Not sure how to approach the topic? Start by showing the seller you are really interested in the item.

Even if the sales rep won't lower the price, they may be able to sweeten the deal in other ways.

Extended warranties may be particularly easy to acquire in a negotiation. 

In most cases, Consumer Reports doesn't recommend that you pay for one, but there's nothing wrong with getting one free. 

In a survey, Consumer Reports found that 57 percent of shoppers who negotiated for a free warranty or warranty extension at an independent retailer were successful.

Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union. Both Consumer Reports and Consumers Union are not-for-profit organizations that accept no advertising. Neither has any commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor on this site.

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