Monday, December 22, 2008

For some retailers, desperation is setting in

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Times are undoubtedly hard in the world of retail.

A story on MSNBC.com reports that customers now have the upper hand when it comes to shopping for bargains. Now, to get a better deal, all they may have to do is open their pretty little mouths and ask for it.

With holiday sales shaping up to be the lowest in years, possibly the worst since the industry began annual comparisons in 1969, retailers say they're taking consumers' demands for good deals seriously. Some are extending return policies, while others are matching competitors' prices. Many are volunteering on-the-spot discounts and even letting customers haggle prices well down from what's marked in a desperate bid to make the cash register ring.

Haggling? That sucks. I've always been bad at negotiating.

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