So I don't usually watch the trash shows like Inside Edition, but sadly my Mother does. While I was visiting her I happened to catch an episode where they interviewed a lady who was supposedly the "queen of bartering." I admit that some of her tips were interesting, and filed the episode away without a second thought. Yesterday one of the towns next door to mine had a grand opening for a Best Buy, and I found myself wandering through the store too late in the day to get any of the grand opening cool stuff. I found a razor that I wanted, but it seemed to expensive. I whipped out my trusty droid, used shop savvy to scan the barcode, and found it on-line for $50 less. One of the techniques in the bartering show was to research ahead of time, find the best on-line price, bring the ad into the store, and then attempt to barter for half of the difference of the two prices. I usually can't talk my way out of a paper-bag, but using the technique from the show, I approached a new salesperson and a manger and attempted a price match. I reasoned that I knew they couldn't match the on-line price, but could they come half-way. The manager checked their profit margin in the system, and then agreed to meet my request. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the tricks from the show actually worked. Yes, I could have gone home and saved more by ordering on-line, but I wanted the instant gratification and didn't want to wait a week more for the razor. Does anybody else have any bartering tips they could share that could help us through the season and our current overall economic situation?