(Post by Varya)
"According to a news report, Kate went antique shopping & asked for a discount, which she got. Unacceptable. Kate comes from money & William is rich. Kate should pay full price & not ask for a discount from a hard working shop keeper, who has bills to pay and a family to support. Kate’s cheapness has hit a new low." - Submitted by Anonymous
Technically, there is nothing to stop you from bartering and negotiating a price in any shop in the UK since under UK retail law, the price given in a shop is a ‘suggested’ price based on the perceived value of the item. By picking that item up and going to a till with it, you are agreeing to pay that suggested price.
Although the tradition of bartering has been lost for the most part across the retail sector, antique dealers and some second hand shops still keep up a longstanding tradition of bartering. The price given for items in these shops is always much higher than what the item was actually bought in for, in order to give the seller room for manoeuvre during the bartering process, while still making a profit.
Bartering =/= asking for a discount. Bartering = negotiating a price based on your perceived value of an item.