Time to buy? Here’s what the salespeople won’t tell you

When it’s time to buy something, there’s at least one thing standing between you and your purchase: a salesperson. And that’s especially true when you’re in the market for something expensive, like an appliance, car or TV. Read more “Time to buy? Here’s what the salespeople won’t tell you”

Ready to buy? Here’s the exact moment when you should make your offer

Negotiating a deal is part art, part science.

The science part you probably already know. In the last few weeks, I’ve reviewed the best time to book an airline ticket or buy a car, a house, and a computer, among other things.

But one big question still looms: At what point during the actual negotiation do you pull the trigger? Do it too early and you could overpay. Do it too late and you might miss your opportunity altogether. Read more “Ready to buy? Here’s the exact moment when you should make your offer”

Leave this at home when you go shopping (or you’ll regret it)

What should you leave at home when you go shopping this summer? Jennifer Boaro prefers this strategy: Put your credit cards into a cup of water. Then store it in the freezer. Read more “Leave this at home when you go shopping (or you’ll regret it)”

He’s given up on his travel club case, but should I?

Kenneth Heller thinks he’ll never get the “free” cruise IIG Promotions promised him for attending its sales presentation. But should I give up on his case, too?
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Do predators want to buy your “pre-foreclosure” house?

Maybe it’s a sign the real estate market has hit bottom. Maybe I look like a “distressed” homeowner. Either way, this new come-on is worth noting.

A few days ago, I received the following “personal” letter in my mailbox.

Dear Christopher,

My wife, Lois, and I want to buy your house at [address.] Please call us at [number redacted].

Thanks.

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