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How and Where to Shop in the US

In the U.S. most stores and shops offer items for a non-negotiable, fixed price, called the "list" price. Sometimes items are discounted. These are called "sales", and the item is said to be "on sale". You can check your local Sunday newspaper inserts for coupons, and for discounts on items at the stores on given days.

! Sales: Many clothing stores, department stores, appliance stores and mattress stores and car dealers offer special sales on or before major holidays like July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and even on minor holidays like Father's Day and President's Day. "White sales" on linens and housewares occur during the summer months, in January, and after Christmas.

Negotiable Items Include:

  • both new (at some dealerships) and used cars
  • Used items found at garage sales and flea markets, and through private sellers in the classifieds

Places to Shop:

Shopping malls are retail spaces shared by a large or small group of stores. Malls are very popular places for Americans to shop.

"Thrift shops" run by charitable organizations like Goodwill or the Salvation Army support the poor, homeless and sick by donating proceeds from sales of "second-hand" or used items. You can find good deals on clothing, furniture and some appliances at these shops. You can also donate your old items for a tax deduction.

"Consignment shops" sell used items but offer part of the proceeds to the private seller. If you want money for your old clothes you can try a consignment shop. It is at the shop's discretion whether to accept your clothes for sale. Most stores require the clothing be clean and neat, in good condition and without tears or lost buttons.

"Garage sales" are very popular in the U.S. Private individuals put their used items out in front of their houses and let the public browse their wares. If you like an item, you can negotiate the price. You can find garage sale notices in the classifieds section of your local paper and posted on telephone poles and bulletin boards in your neighborhood.

"Flea markets" are large public markets filled with vendors selling new and used clothing, old bicycles, and housewares. You can sometimes find good deals here.



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