I don’t know if it was ever popular in the US. In Asia haggling is standard as it is in many countries. But even in the US it’s getting more popular. Do your research on price first and it can help. As long as you’re not asking for a ridiculous price it might help you save from time to time.
SAN FRANCISCO — Shoppers are discovering an upside to the down
economy. They are getting price breaks by reviving an age-old retail
consumers, empowered by the Internet and encouraged by a slowing
economy, are finding that they can dicker on prices, not just on
clearance items or big-ticket products like televisions but also on
lower-cost goods like cameras, audio speakers, couches, rugs and even
The change is not particularly overt, and most store
policies on bargaining are informal. Some major retailers, however, are
quietly telling their salespeople that negotiating is acceptable.