My dad haggles at garage sales too, but he haggles UP. As in: "you're only asking $1 for that? C'mon, it's worth at least $5, and I refuse to pay a penny less!" People think he's quite mad.
That's kind of adorable.
I'm going to start doing that in honor of your Dad . He rocks !
I imagine it would be especially fun to do at a fundraiser - bake sale or whatever.
"This devils's food cake? I'll give you $15 for it."
"Um... it's $12."
"Okay, how about $16?"
"The price marked on it is $12."
"Fine. $18. You drive a hard bargain."
"It's only $12, ma'am."
"Okay. $20, and not a penny less. Final offer."
push a $20 into their hand, pick up the devil's food cake and walk away.
Those are all kinds of adorable!
While not exactly the same, I remember going through the papers looking for used furniture 8 or 9 years ago and I was specifically looking for a dining table. My mom and dad came with us to a place to check out a table.
It was gorgeous. Danish mahogany that glowed and had hidden pull-out leaves to quickly and easily extend it to twice its size along with custom-made table covers to protect the wood. The chairs didn't match the table but they were still attractive and good quality. All for $250. The covers alone probably cost $400. The table itself was easily a $1000 table (or more). I am sitting at it right now as I type this out.
We couldn't hand them the money fast enough but my mom pulled me aside and whispered, "Why didn't you haggle? You're supposed to dicker. You could save money!"
I responded, "I AM saving money! The table is worth four times what we're paying! The owners are practically giving it away." I told my mom later I'd have been humiliated to ask, "Would you take $200?" for something so beautiful and perfectly maintained.
However, there's no way I could bring myself to insist
they take $1000 for the table, chairs and pads.