Big retail stores
At this point, I'm thinking haggling in New York City has to be more arduous than in most locations. The workers here (particularly retail) have a zero-tolerance policy on bullsh*t, probably because they've seen it all. Inside a local Kmart, there was no discounting on the fly to be had. No one was particularly mad, or even interested in me asking to pay less than what was listed. It was almost as if this kind of d-baggery was included in the training videos everyone pretended to watch. Apparently, Kmart doesn't price match. Then again, part of this particular store is inside of a subway station...so, you know. Still, I had to admire their no-frills knowledge of the rule book, and the way they so expertly shut my annoying self down.
My fellow Supercompressor staff writer and complainer Ali Drucker said she negotiated for a significant discount at Target for a nightstand with a tiny scratch, and the bigger stores like Walmart have clearly outlined matching policies. So if you're up for it, there's some conniving to be had—just don't expect a ton of wiggle room. Staying informed of competitors' prices is one surefire way to trim the price tags at the large chains.
Did it work? It can, but didn't for me.