Several major retail chains, including Best Buy, Circuit City, 6th Ave. Electronics and others in the consumer electronics space, have taken to informally allowing haggling of prices with customers, the New York Times reported Sunday.
The reason for this, the paper speculated, is a down economy that has required greater flexibility for all, as well as savvy customers who often brandish computer print-outs with prices from other stores.
Most chains, the Times said, do not have formal policies in regards to allowing price-haggling, but have begun to tacitly allow it. One former Best Buy employee quoted in the piece said up to 25 percent of customers have tried to negotiate prices, usually when purchasing more than one item at once.
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