You might think that haggling is something reserved for countries other than mainland USA, and to some extent, you’d be right. Mexico and China are two examples of countries where haggling is extremely prevalent, in fact, if you don’t haggle, you’re probably going to pay up to 30x the price you could have purchased the item for.
While most people think that haggling is dead due to all the major corporations in the USA, there is still a place for haggling.
Of course, major department stores are not the correct place to haggle, as they have no control over pricing, however smaller shops and stores are excellent places to try and knock a few dollars off of your total.
A recent example of this involved my car. I had trouble with the clutch in my 2012 civic(yes I do still drive a manual), and took it to the shop to get it fixed. They looked over the car and gave me an estimate of $500 parts/labor in order to put a new clutch in. I was able to speak with the manager and haggle the price down to $400.
This might not seem like a lot, but $100 saved adds up when you’re able to haggle multiple times a year.
My advice is to stay away from haggling in major chains and stores, but to do your best to haggle with local shops and individuals. The worst that can happen is that you pay what you would have originally.