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How to Haggle Like Your Old Man

The Art of Manliness offers an extensive tutorial in the art of negotiation, also known as haggling.

Depending on where you are in the world, negotiation is either a part of everyday life or an uncomfortable practice that’s consciously avoided whenever possible.

But here’s a truth that many of us, especially those of us living in the Western World, don’t always consider: whether or not you realize it, every interaction you have with another person is a negotiation. From picking a romantic date with your wife to finding an agreeable price for some tchotchke gift with the local thingamajig salesman, we’re navigating a world of back and forth deal-making.

If you accept and embrace that, you can become much better at it, getting what you want from your life and feeling more fulfilled. If you reject it, your other choice is to take what’s given you and hope that it matches what you want. I learned from Dad long ago that the first option comes with better odds.

The article contains lots of advice and tips. As long as you are nice about it, you have nothing to lose by asking for a better deal. Link -via Gorilla Mask

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May 13th, 2011

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Stranger to the World

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