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Major high street stores accept haggling

It has recently been reported that some UK retailers participate in haggling, and this point may have implications for the DIY sector.

A survey has been conducted on behalf of the website MoneySavingExpert, and over 2,500 consumers participated. It found that shoppers at DIY specialists like B&Q and Homebase had quite often been successful when they had attempted to haggle.

This could give DIY enthusiasts more cash to spend on things like floor sanding in North Wales. Consumer expert Martin Lewis has told The Daily Telegraph:

“The evidence is plain if you’re buying digital or DIY products it’s always worth seeing if you can knock the prices down – with Carphone Warehouse, Currys, B&Q and Homebase topping the poll.”

Lewis has pointed out that haggling can even be a successful strategy at shops with a ‘Middle England’ image. For example, he has revealed how the survey found that over half of those who haggled at John Lewis proved to be successful.

Moreover, Lewis has highlighted the fact that nobody knows how much money is wasted by consumers not haggling in high street outlets. He has taken the general position of ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’. However, he has provided some advice to individuals who are contemplating engaging in the activity.

Lewis has recommended that potential hagglers pick their moments. He has reminded individuals to take their opportunity when stores are on the empty side. Further, he has stressed the value of being aware of sales and issues like seasonality.

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