Consumer Reports conducted a poll that found most consumers who ask for a discount, get it!
Among the most successful targets: hotel bills, cell phone bills and clothing.
Here is Consumer Reports best advice.
First, be patient and nice.
Demanding a discount rarely works.
Second, time your haggle late in the month, when salespeople are trying to meet their quotas.
Evening or early morning hours are usually less busy so clerks will have time to talk.
Third, avoid an audience.
Haggle out of earshot of other customers and keep in mind that at chain stores, some salespeople do not have the power to offer a discount so ask for a manager or supervisor.
Fourth, know before you go!
Research prices and store policies.
Bring web print outs, flyers and newspaper ads with you.
If you can't get a price discount, ask for free shipping, delivery or installation.
Fifth, learn to read the ticket.
Price of inventory tags often contain date stamps that tell how long an item has been in the store.
The longer it sits, the better your chance of a deal.
Our sixth tip is offer to pay cash.
That will save merchants the credit card transaction fees.
This is a really big bargaining point at car dealerships.
And finally, be prepared to walk.
The most persuasive weapon you have in your haggling arsenal is your ability to walk away and spend your money some place else.