Also referred to as quibbling, wrangling, and bargaining, haggling is simply an informal version of a business negotiation. But it takes more than personal charm to haggle. Firstly, you need to be able to communicate with your potential trade partner and explain that it's in their best interest to make this trade. If you can effectively explain "what's in it for them," then the rest becomes easier. Secondly, you need to have some basis of value for your trade. Just because you really want or need something, doesn't mean you should "pay" whatever they are asking. Barter trades should leave each person walking away happy with the transaction. Finally, don't get emotional. If you are willing to walk away, then you are not too emotionally involved in the barter deal. This will keep the mood lighter and friendlier, which is the way you'd want it to be. With these ideas in place, you can make someone an offer, listen to their counter offer, and then work back and forth until you come to an agreement. Don't be afraid to get creative. You can make your offer a blend of goods and services, if your goods don't quite add up.