Learning to Negotiate at Every Opportunity

Learning to Negotiate at Every Opportunity

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While many individuals don’t like the idea of confrontation, the fact of the matter is it can be a good thing.

Most people aren’t comfortable with something as simple as asking for a cheaper price, or requesting that a fee be settled; but in almost every capacity that isn’t retail, it’s entirely possible for you to get money off of your purchases – you just need to ask!

Our History of Bartering

We used to have it in our every day lives. Bartering, haggling, or even daily negotiations happened and no-one ever seemed to even bat an eye. That was a way of life.

If you went down to the market, you asked for deals. If you sold your services as a craftsman, there weren’t “sticker prices” on your products. Sometimes people didn’t even use cash, they just traded for value!

The point is we used to be an interesting society that tried to place value on any given item or service. Today, we have lost that ability.

Non Confrontational is the New Norm

It may be related to the fact that most individuals don’t like confrontation anymore. From the time we are little we are told to “get along”, “play nice”, and “always obey the rules”.

In short, we were being molded into people who actually didn’t question things nearly as much as we should of, and definitely not as much as Aristotle or Plato would have desired. In other words, when we see a “price” on an object, we accept that as the price rather than asking for it for less.

Not the Norm, But Still Quite Possible

Even though we aren’t used to seeing haggling and bartering, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. In fact, it is still happening quite often, you just need to know where to look.

Obviously the sellers don’t want to advertise that you can get better prices because that would eat into their margins. However, all you need to do is ask in many places. You do have the ability, and the worst that will happen is that you can just be told “no”.

Even if you aren’t comfortable with asking in some places, try in the places where they expect it the most. Ask for bank fees to be removed. Ask for a raise from your employer. Ask for a lower price on your next vehicle or on the next contractor who visits your house.

The opportunities are literally everywhere. You only need to ask.

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