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Haggle on the High Street

Tips and tricks for hidden discounts
High street shopped after some successful haggling

Haggling isn't reserved for backstreet bazaars, it's alive and kicking on British high streets. You can barter £100s off at shops such as John Lewis, Tesco and Debenhams.

This guide will help you max the gain, including the top 10 shops to haggle in, 20 haggling tips for success and stock phrases to grease the wheels.

Haggling isn't reserved for backstreet bazaars, it's alive and kicking on British high streets. You can barter £100s off at shops such as John Lewis, Tesco and Debenhams.

This guide will help you max the gain, including the top 10 shops to haggle in, 20 haggling tips for success and stock phrases to grease the wheels

If you don't ask, you don't get

Haggling is like snake charming; if you don't ask you don't getWe British will banter and bull with the best if we're somewhere where snake-charmers wind cobras around their necks. Yet on home turf, we become complacent, lily-livered cowards, meekly accepting the first price we're given.

Over the years, Brits have accepted haggling's rude and impolite, when it's neither. This mass hypnosis has left the knowing few with big bargains, and big stores' profits intact.

Haggling cuts shops' profits. But if you wouldn't buy at the higher price, this way it still makes a sale.

The top high street shops to haggle at

We polled 4,270 MoneySavers, only 1,810 of whom asked for discounts, to find which shops the hagglers has most success in. With over 50% success rates in some big name chains, including John Lewis, Homebase and Debenhams, these high success rates show you could be throwing cash away by not haggling.

Top 20 haggling tips

Haggling can be daunting, even for hardened MoneySavers, yet there's nothing to be scared of. Here are some top tactics.

The top service companies to haggle with

Big savings are available on phones, mobiles, TV, broadband, car insurance and more, as well as at high street retailers.

Sector-by-sector quick tips

Different retail and service sectors call for different strategies. Below, you'll find some top tips, with links through to specific discussions and guides for more information.

Clothes shops

Cycles

Package holidays

eBay

Furniture

Gyms

Jewellery

Cars

Opticians