Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

How to haggle


In Ireland, haggling on the price is almost a part of life (though sometimes an irritating one for the seller). A 2013 survey by RaboDirect, for example, showed that around 75% of Irish people have haggled over something, particularly for larger items like a car.

1 – Realising where it’s appropriate to haggle is the first step. It’s ok when you’re at a market or trying to negotiate a rental agreement, but you may get a confused look at McDonalds.

2 – If you know what you’re looking for, do some research (online or offline). That way you’ll know if the seller is trying to squeeze more money out of you, and give you the option to go elsewhere.

3 – Before you get down to money, decide on the maximum price you’re willing to pay. Creating a boundary like this will help you from paying more than you want to or can afford. Don’t tell the seller, however, or they won’t go any lower!

4 – Don’t be too keen. Show immediate interest and you could face an immediately higher price. Hesitation gives you more bargaining power.

5 – Carry cash. It makes the transaction more real than cheques or credit cards, and shows the seller you’re willing to buy there and then, for the right price.

6 – Be nice! We shouldn’t have to say this, but stories abound in retail of aggressive customers demanding discounts in the rudest manner possible, and then reacting badly when for some reason they don’t get the reduction. If you’re polite, yet firm, you might just get what you’re looking for.

7 – Practice patience, particularly for a large purchase, like a car, and know when to walk away. At the very least you’ll have avoided paying too much, at best the seller might panic and offer you the reduced price, or a few extras thrown in for free.

When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.