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Bargaining and negotiating for goods and services isn’t a new idea, but it has been gaining popularity among many creative consumers who are thinking outside the box to get a good deal. After all every little bit helps when saving for a debt settlement negotation.

How do you bargain for deals? Say, for example, you are a public relations expert. You may be able to offer your services to a local community retailer in exchange for a discount.

A recent article by Reader’s Digest revealed that requests for bartered goods and services on, a popular classified-advertising website, increased 125 percent in the past year. The article reported that offers ranged from “litigation services for a reliable van” to simple trades such as “my BlackBerry for your digital camera.”

If you feel you have a marketable skill that others could benefit from, suggests that you could begin by bartering with local people. This may give you the opportunity to trade face-to-face in a public place such as a restaurant or coffee shop. Consider bringing a friend along with you for safety reasons and also as a witness to the transaction. If you are bartering, dealing locally may spare you the risk of shipping your item.

The Freecycle Network ( an online swap spot, may be able to direct you to local bartering organizations. In addition, barter exchanges might be found through your local chamber of commerce or through the International Reciprocal Trade Association at The Internet offers a variety of bartering websites to consider including, or which has a specific bartering section. You may also have some luck scoring a good deal if you prefer plain old negotiation.

Today’s economy dictates a buyer’s market according to the Associated Press, which adds that although it may be difficult to negotiate better prices on clothing or accessories, it might be possible with appliances and electronics.

Before you negotiate, suggests researching prices on your particular item of interest. The more information you have before you bargain, the better your chances may be for getting a good deal.  

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