huckster

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
  1. noun
    a seller of shoddy goods
    synonyms: cheap-jack
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    type of:
    marketer, seller, trafficker, vender, vendor
    someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money
  2. noun
    a person who writes radio or tv advertisements
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    type of:
    adman, advertiser, advertizer
    someone whose business is advertising
  3. verb
    sell or offer for sale from place to place
    synonyms: hawk, monger, peddle, pitch, vend
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    type of:
    deal, sell, trade
    do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
  4. verb
    wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)
    synonyms: chaffer, haggle, higgle
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    types:
    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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