Comet tops list of 'best stores to haggle with'

The electronics retailer has come top in a survey to find out which high street retailers are most receptive to haggling.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

If you though the price on the little shelf-label was concrete when you last bought a TV, think again. According to a survey of 2,544 shoppers by the consumer advice website MoneySavingExpert, you can get as much as a 50% success rate if you try and drive a bargain with high street retailers. Comet topped the list for success, with 78% of people who tried haggling in its stores managing to get a better deal. 

Considering the survey only counted shops where at least 100 people tried to get a discount, these stats sound pretty good to us. A bit of charm and chutzpah is all that’s needed to knock a hundred quid off that new Smart TV, apparently. Looks like haggling is just about the only thing you can't do better online...

Close behind Comet came B&Q and then Currys/PC World, both with similar rates of haggling success. After that it was the supermarkets (John Lewis, Asda and Tesco, around the 60% mark) and then at the bottom of the ‘top-ten’ list, Debenhams, at 53%. These results indicate that it’s the expensive items that you can do best on: garden furniture, TVs, laptops. Might pop to Comet in the lunch hour, thinking of it. Will they knock £300 off a new MacBook…? 

MoneySavingExpert conducted a similar poll last year for service companies. It found that haggling is very common with broadband and TV deals, car breakdown cover and insurance, when customers are signing up for the first time or renewing their contract. Sky and the AA came out top on that survey, meaning that two must-haves (internet and car insurance) still have some room for negotiation. 

The founder of MoneySavingExpert, Martin Lewis, said: ‘People need to adopt a ‘don’t ask, don’t get’ attitude. There are real rewards for charm on UK high streets. There’s nothing wrong with asking for a discount.’ And that’s exactly what we want to hear during a recession…

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