BBC New How to – haggle: In the UK, haggling is not as common as in some other countries. You wouldn’t normally haggle in a department store here, or in other big shops. But you might haggle in a market, or for something like a second-hand car…
So, Rob paid £600 in the end. And here are the ‘haggling expressions’ that Finn talked about:
1. ‘Do’ = sell
When we are haggling, instead of using the verb sell, we often use do. We use it with can/can’t and could/couldn’t:
- I can probably do it for about £650.
- Can’t you do it a bit cheaper?
- Could you do it for 500?
- You couldn’t do it for £550?
2. To ‘knock off’
This phrasal verb means ‘lower the price’.
- Can you knock off another £30?
- I could knock off £10 for you.
3. When you’ve got a deal: ‘Go on then’
To show that the price is agreed, it sounds very natural in spoken English for the buyer and/or the seller to say: Go on then.
- Buyer: £600?
- Seller: Go on then.
- Buyer: I’ll give you £40 for it.
- Seller: Go on then.
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