How to Negotiate at a Garage Sale
Free Coupons, Printable Coupons, Grocery Coupons Online

FreeCoupons.com - Still Couponing and Saving Money Year In and Year Out!



How to Negotiate at a Garage Sale

Posted on Saturday, June 4th, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Pin It


The first thing you need to know about garage sales is that everything is negotiable, so don’t be afraid to offer less than the seller’s asking price. You can optimize your bargains by following a few simple steps for negotiating at garage sales.

***

  • Timing matters. If you arrive early, you are more likely to find the best items. However, there is a catch to arriving early because the sellers won’t be as eager to negotiate. Later in the day, sellers will be much more willing to lower their prices on what’s left. It really depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for something specific, it is probably beneficial to start early. If you are just searching for the best bargains possible, hold off until later.
  • Gather all the items you want to buy and then approach the seller when they are not busy. Sellers are generally more willing to negotiate on a group of items. If they are busy with other customers, they aren’t going to want to take the time to negotiate at all.
  • Start your negotiating by offering a lower price than what you are willing to pay so that you have room to bargain. A good place to start is around 50-60 percent of the seller’s asking price, but of course this varies from item to item. If you start too low, the seller might shut down and be unwilling to negotiate with you at all. You’re the best judge of the situation.
  • If the seller doesn’t accept your offer or make a counteroffer, ask them how low they are willing to go on the price. If this price is in your budget, great! If not, ask them if they would be willing to lower the price later in the day if the item hasn’t sold.
  • Smile and stay friendly, even if your negotiating isn’t going as well as you hoped. Seller’s will be much more receptive to your offers if they like you.

 

Negotiating at garage sales can take some practice, but with a little patience you will be walking away with great deals in no time. Good luck and happy bargain hunting!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


 

Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.