Would You Ever Ask For the “Good Guy” Discount


I’m not much one for haggling. Sometimes I will try at yard sales, but it’s rare at actual store.

But I was listening to a story on This American Life about a guy who around 20% of the time receives a 5-25% discount on items. He does this by asking the cashier, “Is there any kind of Good Guy Discount I can get on this?

And 1 in 5 times, he gets one!

Would you ever do this? Ask for the “Good Guy Discount”?

In the story, the reporter feels very uncomfortable with the idea. In his mind the act of asking for the discount in a way makes him NOT a good guy as if he were pressuring the sales person. And if he were really good, he wouldn’t do that.

On the other hand, someone else mentions that it only means the asker is confident in themselves, and that attitude gets stuff done.

What do you think? Have you ever ask for the “good guy discount”? Do you haggle in general?

Listen to the story here:


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  1. Cindy says

    The title of your article really caught my eye because we actually have a “Good Guy Discount” item in our computer system at our store! Ever since we opened in 1997 we have used this to give a 10% discount on an item to our customers who are “good guys”. The customers have usually laughed out loud when they saw “Good Guy Discount” as a line item on their receipt. Until seeing the title of your article I’d never heard of any other place using that term.

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