Negotiating With the Big Boys

Even large retailers offer wiggle room on prices.


The New York Times confirms what I have long suspected: A little negotiation can go a long way, even at large retailers. Places like Best Buy, Home Depot, and Circuit City are now giving consumers the chance to knock down prices while shopping in stores. The article cites shoppers' success with strategies such as threatening to walk out and playing good cop, bad cop with a friend.

Sometimes simply asking for a better deal can work, too.