Post # 1
I don’t mean just buying cars or things that EVERYONE talks down but like the jewelry store (most recent) and sometimes when we get take out. He says all this BS about money being tight from the wedding i get so embarresed! Money is not tight and esp not from the wedding b/c we are not even paying for it!
I feel so bad for all the employees that have to deal with him!
Post # 3
My Fiance doesn’t, but my dad does so I know where you’re coming from. It can get so embarrassing! One time we waited in a hardware store for 20 minutes (I kept checking my cell – no hyperbole here) for a guy to find his manager so he could knock $10 off the price of a sink. For real. 😛
Post # 4
My SO haggles everything he thinks is worth haggling and in general always tries to get the best deal. He haggled the price down for most of our furniture, the nice car we have, ectect. We’re pretty well off, but I still really like that he does that, personally. I have no backbone to haggle myself, so I like that he’s looking out and making sure we get the best possible bang for our buck. To be fair, he doesn’t haggle for small things and with our engagement ring and such we just made sure to go to the right places to get a good deal, but I don’t think haggling overall is a bad trait. Infact, I think it’s a good skill to have! I wouldn’t feel bad for the employees who deal with him (Unless you’re at like Walmart or something lol), most of them are used to haggling and it’s not disrespectful.
However, I can understand being embarrassed by it haha. I am such a wimp that I always feel bad for trying to get a good deal so I sometimes leave the place and let him deal with it so I don’t have to lol.
Post # 5
I dont mind it at normal places that you can haggle like cars. But not at normal retail and food places stores that have set prices. At my work if someone trys to get us to go down on out price the owner wont even deliver to them anymore!
Post # 6
@mishelleez: The honest truth is that any retail store does NOT have set prices they can’t budge on. You can haggle down jewelry, furniture, clothing, whatever. There is no law against it and I don’t think it’s rude if you’re purchasing an expensive item and/or many items from the same store. The person selling the items isn’t obligated to go down on price, but I don’t see why you can’t still haggle. I think it’s ridiculous to not sell to someone at all (even for the original price) because they haggled with you.
There are some things you should never haggle (like haggling in a “brand name” store like Tiffany’s or haggling a couple cereal boxes at Walmart), but overall there is nothing wrong with haggling.
Post # 7
My Fiance doesn’t do it, I DO! I don’t see any problem whatsoever doing it, particularly for your wedding. It’s expected, and why wouldn’t you do it? Just because you’re not paying for the wedding desont mean that you shouldn’t try to get the best deal you can for the people who are paying, right? Save your parents/his parents some money (unless money is really really not an issue and your parents dont care about saving money).
I think that it is really the way you approach it. Many of the vendors i’ve dealt with are prepared to give discounts, I think it’s expected in the business. All you have to do is ask and as long as your Fiance is doing it politely and is not pushy about it, I think it’s fine.
I should note that I think it’s okay when negotiating wedding prices because all the vendors understand that you probably have a budget. I wouldn’t do it on a daily basis or over other normal type purchases.
Post # 8
I do it. But not for take-out 🙂 I would get annoyed if he is haggling over like, $2… because really what is the point? But if he is saving you a lot of money I’d say let him be. I like feeling like I got the best deal on something!
Post # 9
My Fi does this ALL the time for EVERYTHING even at walgreens or gas stations. It is kinda annoying but we dont have to pay for a lot of stuff. People I guess feel bad that he ask and always gives him stuff free. It could be anything from gum, coke to 20% off of our bill at certain places. ITS crazy!!!
Post # 10
That is SOO my dad! For years when we would go through a McDonalds drive through he would order everything seperate and get everyone a water to make everything cheaper. We were not poor by any means but if you didn’t know us you would of thought we were the poorest family on the block!