The Christmas clearance is well underway and if you haven't managed to get down to the sales yet you have probably missed the bargains that would make your trip worthwhile.
I watched with interest, tinged with disgust, at the pictures of the customers in a world famous London department store fight for entry and then clamour in what could only be described as a scrum for the bargains that were on offer. I wonder if many of these people actually went to the shop with the intention of buying that particular item. Or was it in fact the reduction of 50% that generated a frenzy in their mind that resulted in them buying something that they didn't want just because they believed that they were getting a bargain?
The chance of a bargain is not really the way I shop. I need to want something to buy it. I am very unlikely to buy something on the whim so these sales don't tempt me in at all. In fact usually in a clothes shop I am very unlikely to find anything in the sale in my size.
Because I am not a bargain hunter this I believe leaves me at a disadvantage when it comes to haggling. I would never go into a shop and pick up a £75 coat and haggle the shopkeeper to sell me it at a reduced price. Many do. Moreover many buy items at a lower price just because they have the nerve to ask. Now that does seem like a bargain. Maybe someone could give me lessons.