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SHOPPING: How to get unadvertised deals in unlikely places

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If you're a savvy shopper with good negotiating skills, you might be able to get discounts on almost anything.

Armed with price tracking tools and their iPhones, some late-season Christmas shoppers they know retailers are desperate for sales and could be vulnerable. We found Courtney Larson shopping at Sears at Mall of America for a tool set.

"I'm going to ask for a store manager and start off with trying to get 50 percent off the tool box, and then go from there," Larson said.

Allison Kaplan, style editor for Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, said the recession created a new shopping landscape with more competition and smarter shoppers, willing to take some extra steps to get the best deals.

"The stores have done this to themselves, when they're changing the price every other day," Kaplan said. "It makes you more likely to ask."

Kaplan said while most retailers won't tell shoppers they're willing to bargain, it seems to be more common for home and sporting goods or electronic stores like Best Buy to advertise their price matching policies. Manager Angela Smith said they want to seal the deal in the store.

"We don't want to sell things below what we pay for them, but on occasion we do if that's what the competition is doing and if that's what makes our customers want to come back and see us," Smith said.

So what about that tool box discount?

"I just asked if he could give me any type of a discount and he just said no," Larson said.

But it never hurts to ask.


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