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Tips To Keep In Mind While Shopping For Clothes
Many people shop at thrift stores and pick up street merchandize, which comes at an affordable price. Most of these shops offer the facility of bargaining or bringing down the price of the merchandise. If haggling and bargaining is not quite your cup of tea, try these tips to becoming a good buyer. It will help you to pick up quality garments at affordable prices.
Before you jump the gun, and buy the stunning outfit that you have just seen, do some research. Go to other shops and compare the prices for the same garment. More often than not, other shops too will be selling the same garment.
Also, research the fair market values of the product that you are trying to purchase. A good place to start will be the government emporiums and udyogs where merchandise is sold at fair prices. Do a comparison and see whether you are getting your money’s worth.
Hide Your Enthusiasm
Sellers are experts at reading the buyer’s psychology. Never show your interest and enthusiasm in a particular item even if you are planning to buy it. Remain detached and show an interest in other items as well. It will give you a head start at bargaining when you actually start to buy the item.
The Ceiling Price
Make sure you settle on a minimum ceiling price before buying the outfit. State your ceiling price emphatically to the vendor and wait for his reaction. He will immediately say no. Start to negotiate with him at a price higher than what you previously quoted. Do not be rigid.
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Come to a price that is mutually beneficial to both the seller and the buyer. If the vendor is not relenting at all, walk off. In all probability, he will call you back. If you really like the garment and there is no other shop selling it, be willing to buy it at a higher price.
The Buyer’s Temperament
It is important to establish a rapport with the seller. Smile and be warm. At the same time be shrewd and stick to your guns over the price. Do not go overboard with the eye contact. Do not be aggressive, demanding or threatening. You will lose a good bargain.
Put The Seller On The Defensive
Let the seller quote the asking price first. Never tell him how much you are willing to pay for the garment. This puts him/her on the defensive, not you.
Take Your Time
Ensure that you take your time in buying a garment. This will also make the seller spend more time with you. If you are in a hurry, you might end up paying more for a garment.
Never Use Round Figures
Always quote Rs 675 or Rs 1230 for a garment. Never round off. This will give the impression of you being a seasoned haggler.
Appear disappointed, sympathetic when the shopkeeper explains why he cannot lower the price. Allow him to save face. Never give him/her the impression that he/she is a thief.
Start negotiating with a 40% discount, moving onto 30% and then settle for 20%, which will be amenable to both of you. Be patient and persistent and keep negotiating until you get a final price. Buy some extras and try to get a discount on the cumulative merchandise.
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