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July 17, 1996 | PETER H. KING
He sat in a cubicle off the showroom floor. He was a stocky man in his mid-50s, and his crew cut, square jaw, white dress shirt and rock-solid manner all suggested Lou Grant. His domain, however, was not a newsroom. It was a car dealership, one of several clustered on Brand Boulevard--Glendale's "Boulevard of Cars," as colorful banners flapping above the street proclaim. His job was sales manager.
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OPINION
December 16, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The state's new formula for funding schools is a tremendous gift for districts that enroll large numbers of disadvantaged students. But it's not quite the giveaway some of them had expected. The hoops they must jump through to get the extra money have riled John Deasy, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as the leaders of several other districts. Deasy calls them outrageous and claims they cheat Los Angeles students of their fair share. His chief concern is that the state rules for verifying a family's poverty level are burdensome, and that they're unnecessarily stricter than federal regulations that qualify students for subsidized lunches.
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BUSINESS
September 9, 2008 | Swati Pandey, Times Staff Writer
Haggling over the price of a concert ticket usually requires sending several plaintive e-mails to a Craigslist poster. But a La Canada company wants to complete the haggling with a few simple mouse clicks. Zigabid.com, which launches today in public beta testing, says it is the only ticket-vending site that lets buyers and sellers bargain over prices for tickets to concerts, sports matches and other events, all using a simple interface that allows for direct buyer-seller communication.
WORLD
October 6, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Closed-door negotiations to determine the American military mission in Afghanistan after 2014 have stalled over U.S. demands to conduct lethal counter-terrorism operations and Afghan insistence that Washington guarantee support in event of cross-border attacks. President Hamid Karzai is balking at Obama administration demands that U.S. special operations troops and the CIA be allowed to capture or even kill suspected terrorists after most U.S. troops close out America's longest war at the end of next year, according to officials familiar with the negotiations.
BUSINESS
February 29, 1992 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Mazda dealer jolted customers and some competitors Friday by launching a discount-pricing, no-bargaining policy. In doing so, Campbell Mazda became the first new-car dealership in California and one of just a handful nationwide to institute non-negotiable prices--a common practice for most retailers but revolutionary in the car business. John B. T.
BUSINESS
August 24, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Oldsmobile to Stop Virtually All Price Haggling: Oldsmobile said nearly all its 1994 vehicles will carry a non-negotiable price tag, expanding a strategy that other auto makers have found increasingly popular with consumers. General Motors Corp.'s oldest and most troubled division, once rumored to be on GM's chopping block, also gave details of how it will drastically shrink the number of Olds dealers nationwide, which now total about 3,100.
BUSINESS
October 13, 1985
S. J. Diamond has been of immense help to my wife and me in our quest to buy a car. Her columns on dealer techniques, the games that are played, and the disadvantages of the (usually) hapless consumer were extremely inspirational. In fact, after we had actually given up the search, mostly out of frustrations encountered with the sales personnel at various San Fernando Valley Ford, Pontiac and Chevrolet dealers, we kept our eyes open and when we got a flyer from a local Chevy dealer we rushed in and claimed our "prize"--a loaded Camaro Sports Coupe with a case of new Coke and a tank of gas included for a marked-down price.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2008 | Associated Press
If you're looking for an extra bargain before the holidays, you may only have to ask. With holiday sales shaping up to be the lowest in years, retailers say they're extending return policies, volunteering on-the-spot discounts and even letting customers haggle prices well down from what's marked in a desperate bid to make cash registers ring. "You'd have to be a moron not to ask for a discount," said Stephen Hoch, a retailing expert at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
IMAGE
December 16, 2007 | Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer
The long lines, the laps around the parking lot, the endless jostling -- holiday shopping can shake even the most patient soul out of the sanity tree. But this season's sluggish consumer spending means retailers in Southern California are going to unheard-of lengths to make the hassle worth our while. Suddenly, super-deep storewide sales -- 50% to 70% off -- have become as common as Pinkberry outposts, encompassing every tier of retail, from Old Navy to Gucci.
NEWS
February 11, 1993
If you choose the traditional route of negotiating a new-car price with a dealer, here are some tips: * Shop competing dealers. Today's market is competitive. Try to get dealers to bid for your business through lower prices. Let them know you're interested but that you'll go elsewhere--or buy a different car--to get a better price or fairer treatment. * Size up supply and demand.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
CBS and Time Warner Cable are expected to stay at the negotiating table over the weekend in hopes of wrapping up a new distribution deal that would keep the network on in Los Angeles, New York City and elsewhere before their self-imposed deadline of 2 p.m. Monday. Although a blackout was averted this week by agreeing to the short-term extension that runs until Monday afternoon, neither side has indicated that a resolution is near. The two companies are at odds over fees CBS wants Time Warner Cable to pay to carry its TV stations.
SPORTS
May 1, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA basketball Coach Steve Alford is still trying to disentangle himself from the University of New Mexico. New Mexico says Alford owes the university $1 million, which was the buyout amount in a contract extension that was to take effect April 1, two days after UCLA hired him. Alford, in a letter to the school, has offered $200,000 under the terms of his previous contract. Alford was required to give 30 days' notice, so New Mexico officials believe he is therefore bound by the terms of what would have been his new contract.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Inland Empire officials seeking control of LA/Ontario International Airport are balking at an unprecedented demand by Los Angeles that they buy the struggling operation for hundreds of millions of dollars. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the debate on what an aiport - - at least the one in Ontario - - is worth with Times reporter Dan Weikel. Inland Empire officials assert the facility, 37 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, has a negative market value due to its severe decline during the recession and its uncertain future.
WORLD
November 18, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Opposition activists said Syrian security forces killed at least 17 people Friday as President Bashar Assad's government faced an Arab League deadline of Saturday for implementing a faltering peace plan. Demonstrators across Syria chanted antigovernment slogans and called on foreign nations to expel Syrian ambassadors, a move that would further isolate Assad. Damascus and Arab League representatives were said to be haggling about the terms of an observer mission to be sent into Syria, where human rights groups say security forces have responded brutally to eight months of largely peaceful protests.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2011 | Peter Nicholas
As he sets out on a three-day bus tour of the Midwest focused on the economy, President Obama is coming under growing pressure from fellow Democrats to put forward a more aggressive strategy to create jobs than the one he has been touting for months. Obama has offered a jobs package crafted to win Republican support in a divided Congress. But he faces two distinct problems: Republicans say they won't vote for several pieces of the plan. And Democrats contend the program, even if enacted in full, would fall short of what's needed to boost job growth or revive Obama's political prospects.
TRAVEL
August 7, 2011 | By Rick Steves, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At Europe's lively open-air markets and bazaars, bargaining for merchandise is the accepted and expected method of setting a price. Whether you're looking for door knockers or hand-knitted sweaters, seize the chance to bargain like a native. It's the only way to find a compromise between the wishful thinking of the seller and the souvenir-driven lust of the tourist. Bargaining can be fun if you learn how to haggle. Among many good markets where you can practice your skills are Amsterdam's Waterlooplein, London's Portobello Market, Paris' Puces de St-Ouen, Madrid's El Rastro, and the souk of Tangier in Morocco.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1992 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Campbell Automotive Group, which rocked the local car retailing industry earlier this year when it launched a no-dickering policy at its Costa Mesa Mazda dealership, is shaking up the conventional car market in Riverside County. After three months of refusing to negotiate prices at the Mazda outlet--where sales have jumped 45% from a year earlier--the company is beginning the same policy Friday at its Buick-GMC dealership in Corona.
NEWS
February 11, 1993 | GARY LIBMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many car buyers would rather gargle castor oil than negotiate with auto dealers. "Twenty-five years ago most people who bought new cars were geared toward price negotiations, a horse-trading approach," says Rick Popely, senior auto editor for Consumer Guide Magazine. "Most consumers today are not inclined to do that. They feel intimidated by the dealership."
BUSINESS
July 30, 2010 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
As millions of Californians continue to cope with surging costs for health insurance, state lawmakers, consumer advocates and lobbyists in Sacramento are haggling over how tough to get with companies seeking large rate increases. August will be a key month as state officials try to forge a strategy to comply with the nation's new healthcare law. Among the law's far-flung provisions is a call for states to develop plans for reviewing "unreasonable" increases in health insurance premiums.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2010 | By Lew Sichelman
Buyers and sellers who haggle over price alone could be leaving a lot on the table. The purchase price is only one part of the transaction. Everything in a real-estate deal is open to negotiation, and sometimes price isn't the most important factor. A buyer might be willing to pay a little more to move into the house within 30 days, for example, instead of waiting until the seller finds another place to live. Similarly, a seller might take less if he could stay longer. Which appliances stay with the house can sometimes be a sticking point that makes or breaks a deal.
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