Simple Dollar mentions an interesting letter on haggling -- at the dollar store!
Letters responding to this are priceless:
Husband is the master of this. He's the best on big ticket items...or bargaining with other guys. Here's the typical patter:
Husband (puzzled look on his face): Well, this is nice, but...it's more than I thought.
(scrapes ground with his toe. Looonnng silence)
Seller: (breaks silence first) Well, what would you think was a fair price?
(another long silence)
Seller: How about....?
Husband believes that he/she who speaks first...loses! (Or at least doesn't get as high as price as they'd hoped)
And generally he's right.