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Digital haggling gaining popularity for online shoppers

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Sites like Greentoe allow shoppers to haggle. (CBS photo) Sites like Greentoe allow shoppers to haggle. (CBS photo)
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With new technology making online shopping easier than ever, some new sites are allowing shoppers to haggle.

It's a new twist on the online shopping trend.

A handful of new websites have started allowing consumers to name their own prices for everything from gadgets to furniture.

They're not auction sites, either.

One called Greentoe takes an offer and then tries to find someone willing to sell it for that price.

The site's founder said customers can save about 20 percent.

"There really is a secret out there and the secret is if you ask for a lower price you can probably get it,” said Joe Marrapodi, founder of Greentoe.

Scott Scher found the guitar he wanted through the site.

"It was close to a $300 guitar,” he said. "I probably went in at $150.”

Scher said he eventually settled on $200 using Greentoe's “make an offer guide” which calculates the chances of getting an offer accepted.

The fashion site Garmentory said it also has a similar scale.

However, it's up to the seller to decide how low they'll go.

"Of course you're going to get some requests you can't fulfill, maybe it's just too low,” said Courtney Bonnell, Favors Agency.

Stacy Pashcow said she was hoping to sell a cabinet and lamp on the furniture resale site Viyet. The site is something of an upscale flea market where buyers can also name their own price.

"Something is only worth what you can get someone to pay for it anyway,” Pashcow said.

Online shopping expert Catey Hill said people are attracted to this form of digital haggling.

"[Consumers say] ‘I'm not going to pay what you asked, I'm going to pay less,'” Hill said. “And some people really love that."

Only a few sites offer haggling. However, experts said more are expected to pop up as this new form of online shopping grows in popularity.

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