A New York Times article from earlier this week kind of freaks us out.Apparently you can go into a big-box store like Best Buy, CircuitCity or Home Depot and haggle down prices.We would expect this kindof behavior to take place at a crafts fair or in an antique shop,but at big chain stores? Certainly, we have never tried this tacticwhen shopping and wouldn't expect a very good response from asalesperson. "Hey, can you knock a few bucks off of the price ofthe DVD?" It just doesn't seem feasible.Well, I guesswe're idiots. The article makes it sound like people do this sortof thing all of the time. One Jersey City, NJ, native says hetalked a regionally-based electronics chain into knocking about$1,000 off the price of two plasma TVs. Amazing.From now on, we'regoing to start haggling over EVERYTHING. That lunchtime salad? Howabout a discount. Toothpaste? That price is looking a littlesteep.What about you? Are you one of those thrifty consumers who'sbeen doing this for years, or does this seem like a newerphenomenon?

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