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Brits 'prefer to haggle on holiday'

03 February 2016 11:51

Brits are more comfortable bartering abroad

Brits are more comfortable bartering abroad

Britons prefer haggling on holiday rather than at home, new research reveals.

Many feel bartering is more part of the culture in certain countries, according to the survey for Nationwide Building Society.

Others simply feel more relaxed and in the mood to negotiate a deal while on a break overseas.

'More comfortable'

Some 55% of Brits prefer trying to knock money off a purchase when they are abroad rather than in the UK.

They are more comfortable doing so on foreign soil as opposed to the local high street, with some claiming it to be part of the experience.

Holidaymakers could even try bartering when booking a getaway in-store, with a number of travel companies more than willing to negotiate on price.

A successful bit of haggling could mean more money to spend once on holiday, or on necessities such as travel insurance.

Some 69% of Brits have tried to barter in shops at home, although this was mainly restricted to markets (47%) and car dealerships (41%) where "unwritten rules of engagement" appear to apply.

Just 7% have ever tried to get money off their shopping while at the supermarket, while 15% have asked for a discount in a clothing store.

As many as 31% of the people surveyed have never tried to haggle when in the UK, according to the poll.

Independent traders

The survey of 2,000 people reveals Londoners are the most up-front when it comes to trying to bag a bargain, with 75% actively haggling.

A further 72% of people in Northern Ireland are hagglers, as are 66% in Wales.

People in Scotland are the least likely to haggle, with just 58% describing themselves as hagglers.

Guy Simmonds, of Nationwide, says shoppers may be pleasantly surprised by the success they may have if they try to negotiate with retailers, particularly independent traders, where staff are usually open to offering a discount or improve the deal in a bid to secure the sale.