A huckster is someone who tries to sell you something that's not very well made, or isn't worth the price. If someone tries to sell you a bottle of Love Potion #9, call him a huckster.

While a huckster is primarily a seller of cheap goods, like the people who sell imitation luxury handbags and watches on city sidewalks, you can also use the word to talk about extremely pushy salespeople. If you feel so pressured to make an offer on a new car that you leave the dealership feeling frustrated and daunted, you might say, "There's no way I'm buying a car from that huckster."

Definitions of huckster

n a seller of shoddy goods

Type of:
marketer, seller, trafficker, vender, vendor
someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money

n a person who writes radio or tv advertisements

Type of:
adman, advertiser, advertizer
someone whose business is advertising

v sell or offer for sale from place to place

hawk, monger, peddle, pitch, vend
Type of:
deal, sell, trade
do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

v wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)

chaffer, haggle, higgle
bargain down, beat down
persuade the seller to accept a lower price
Type of:
bargain, dicker
negotiate the terms of an exchange

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