“Not just services, but goods are negotiable these days,” says Chatzky. “Sometimes people are uncomfortable asking, but if
you don’t ask the answer will always be no. It also helps to say, ‘I was hoping for less’. You don’t have to put a number
on it, and you don’t have to say, ‘Can you give me a discount?’ you can say ‘Can you work with me on this?’ which is a little
bit softer and more to some people’s taste.” Chatzky also recommends doing your comparison shopping homework before negotiating
as many stores have price-matching policies in place.
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