Dealing with Hagglers during a Garage Sale

By: virawan
Ever been to the mall and tried to negotiate the price of an item even when it was already discounted 50%? The efforts will be in vain since those who work at the establishment have to follow the barcode or they could be in big trouble.

Luckily, this won't happen at a garage sale. This is because the price on certain products can be negotiated which in the end will prove beneficial for the homeowner and the customer.

Aren't there times that people are asking too much? Yes this can happen. The best thing would be to assess the situation first instead of getting hysterical. You should remember that the objective of the garage sale is to get rid of the items and still make some money.

When dealing with hagglers, you should always be straightforward.

Should the customer want to bring down the price, you should tell the truth about the said item such as its condition, how much it was bought and if there is anything special about it.

There is a saying that goes "loose lips sink ships." This can also happen so it is best to only reveal certain information to the buyer so that the haggler won't have as much leverage during negotiations.

This will probably make the prospective buyer think twice. The important thing is to be honest since deception can bite the homeowner later on and the garage sale could be a failure.

If the resident isn't happy with how much is being offered, it is best to politely hold the item for awhile in case someone else who is interested may come along and pay the tagged price. This should be held until the end of the day and if no one wants it, then it can be sold to the buyer who inquired earlier.

The most important tip in dealing with hagglers and is knowing when to say no. Everything is negotiable however if this is too much, there is nothing wrong with turning the customer away and hoping to get someone else that might offer a better deal.

The garage sale is the closest thing to owning a shop. This is because people will go on the day of event to get some nice second hand items and a good bargains.

The organizer should just play it by ear to be able to think straight when the situation presents itself.

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