How to Haggle Like Your Old Man

The Art of Manliness offers an extensive tutorial in the art of negotiation, also known as haggling.
Depending on where you are in the world, negotiation is either a part of everyday life or an uncomfortable practice that’s consciously avoided whenever possible.

But here’s a truth that many of us, especially those of us living in the Western World, don’t always consider: whether or not you realize it, every interaction you have with another person is a negotiation. From picking a romantic date with your wife to finding an agreeable price for some tchotchke gift with the local thingamajig salesman, we’re navigating a world of back and forth deal-making.

If you accept and embrace that, you can become much better at it, getting what you want from your life and feeling more fulfilled. If you reject it, your other choice is to take what’s given you and hope that it matches what you want. I learned from Dad long ago that the first option comes with better odds.

The article contains lots of advice and tips. As long as you are nice about it, you have nothing to lose by asking for a better deal. Link -via Gorilla Mask

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@ Edward

The article was rather sparse on specific tips, but I think one message was to try to avoid "lose lose" situations and instead aim for "win win" scenarios.

It's not just haggling for the sake of haggling.

As the author said himself: "remember that every exchange with another human being is — in some way, shape, or form — a negotiation".
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Here is my recommended way to deal with someone who haggles just for the enjoyment of the exchange (so sayeth the author): "Go away. I do not negotiate."

This is bait for them to say something like, "Everything is negotiable."

The response is, of course, to ask how much for a night of sex with his wife.
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