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Bargain counter vs Bargaining counter

bargain counteran area in a store where the goods are sold at cut price:

  • You need to be very careful not to be taken in by the bargain counters in some stores. Very often they’re full of shoddy goods.

bargaining countera special advantage in negotiations:

  • The de facto occupation of parts of the Russian zone was an important bargaining counter for obtaining satisfaction from the Soviet Government on a number of questions.