Even with a tough economy, some shoppers still consider haggling taboo. While some store owners say they won't negotiate, they don't blame customers for trying. Shoppers have very different points of view when it comes to bartering for the best price, and local retail stores are just as divided on the issue. Issac’s store owner Isaac Lazar said, “We have very good prices to start with, but if somebody has a problem we'll work with them.” Victoria James of T.S. Brown Jewelry said, “We explain that this is a family owned business, been here 25 years and that we don't have the trumped up sales that a lot of people have. We try to keep our prices just as reasonable as we can.” But with just as many gifts to buy and less money to go around this year, more people are trying to negotiate before buying this holiday season. Mitchell Warnecke is a haggler. “I think haggling is a great way for people to save a little bit of money and make everybody happy.” Some shoppers say when it comes to small business, the product is too personal to pinch pennies. Sarah Davis is a non-haggler; she explained, “I feel like everyone needs to make money and they probably work hard and they put some thought into the product that they're selling.” But other consumers say they don't feel comfortable asking national chains for a discount because they lack the personal touch. Circuit City offers a form of haggling with their best price guarantee and customers are taking advantage. Nicholas Pagliaro, Circuit City operations manager said, “This time of year I'd say very often, 10 times a day, 10 to 20 times a day.” One store owner said she would not give a discount to anyone who asked, but if she saw someone was really interested in an item she might be inclined to knock a few dollars off in the spirit of the holiday. Bottom line, don't be afraid to ask. It's like chicken soup, it can't hurt.
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