Thursday, August 11, 2022

From the markets to the high street – which stores are most open to haggling?

Are western shoppers missing out on some great deals?

Consumer website MoneySavingExpert surveyed more than 2,500 people on whether they had succeeded in haggling over the past year at one of 44 high street stores across the country.

Mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse was ranked highest with 61% success rate of consumers citing that they‘d bagged themselves a deal.

According to MoneySavingExpert, these are the top 10 stores where shoppers are likely to have the most success:

1. Carphone Warehouse (61% success rate)

2. Currys/ PC World (59% success rate)

3. Homebase (54% success rate)

4. John Lewis (54% success rate)

5. B&Q (54% success rate)

6. Tesco (41% success rate)

7. M&S (40% success rate)

8. Debenhams (34% success rate)

9. Clarks (32% success rate)

10. Asda (32% success rate)

Martin Lewis, Founder of MoneySavingExpert, said: “We know many people are throwing cash away by not haggling. It‘s a ‘don‘t ask, don‘t get‘ situation. After all, if a store yesterday offered a 20% off voucher, it can still afford to sell to you at that discounted price today – and may well do so if you have the charm and chutzpah to ask.”

He added: “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.

Yet even at John Lewis – the pin-up store for middle England – over 50% of people who try to haggle report winning. In some ways, that‘s not surprising. After all, if you promise ‘never knowingly undersold’, that is virtually an invitation to haggle in the first place.”

Talya Misiri


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