Can you haggle in a chain store?

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Years ago, I got a unique call from a man who explained how he haggled at Wal-Mart. Haggling at a chain store that’s already turbo cheap? It turns out that idea is really in vogue.

Consumer Reports finds that if you’re willing to haggle at retail, you can join the nearly 90% of people who report periodically scoring a bargain — not everytime, but often enough in everyday life.

Women are much less likely to try to haggle than men, according to Consumer Reports. The same holds true for people of lower income, who are less likely to bargain than those of higher income, the magazine reports.

Some chain stores have now given floor employees the authority to accept lower prices, especially on electronics. Many retailers also have matching policies where you can show them a competitor’s ad and get the lower price.

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