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As mentioned before, haggling at the markets is not very common in the States. But that doesn't mean that haggling terms don't exist! You can use haggling terms in less formal settings. In this lesson we'll go over some ways you can ask for a lower price.
If you want to be polite about it, you can say, can you lower the price a little? It doesn't sound pushy, and sounds like a request. Can you is the question starter, lower is the adjective for the price which is the cost. And finally we have a little which makes the sentence sound less forced. So once again that's - can you lower the price a little?
Now, here's the more forceful way. You can set a price for the product yourself and tell them that's how much you're willing to pay. Let's use $50 as an example price. So, I can say, I'll give you $50 for it. Once again, that's it - I'll give you $50 for it. I'll give you tells the person how much you're wanting to spend. Then you say the price, which in this case is $50 and then for it meaning for the product. In some countries, starting from a very low price and meeting the seller half way may be custom. However, in the States, they may not like this and just turn you away. A good thing to do is to start at a price that's not too low, and then meet them halfway.
Here are some expressions that might help you show how you feel about an expensive price and lead sellers to lowering it in the end. You can say really? And raise your eyebrows. The trick here is to put a little softness in your voice, like you can't believe it. Really? Another expression you can use is woah! Again, with a little softness in your voice. Woah! Like the price is unbelievable. Another word you can try to use is the word ouch. This word is used when something is hurting you. So you can look like the expensive price is hurting you. Ouch.
Okay, now to close out today's lesson, we'd like you to practice what you've just learned. I'll say the phrase or sentence, and why don't you try saying it out loud? Good luck everybody!
- Can you lower the price a little?
- I'll give you $50 for it.
All right, that's going to do it for today! See you all soon!