The art of bargaining is something you can work on during your trip. Here are a few pointers to help you on your way:
- Start bargaining with some idea of what you consider a fair price for the item to be. This will usually involve researching the item in a number of different stores.
- The correct price for an item is the price you agree to pay, that keeps both you and the seller happy. Therefore, there’s no ‘right’ price.
- Don’t appear too interested in an item. Walking out of a store is often a good way to get the price to drop.
- Shop with a friend – buying in bulk will often reduce the price.
- Learn the numbers in the local language. It will win respect from the seller and will certainly make the process a lot more interesting.
- Be polite, patient, but firm in your bargaining. No one ever has received a cheaper price through being rude or insensitive.
- Most importantly, enjoy the experience, and remember you are often only bargaining over only a couple of dollars. Keep it in perspective.
- Once a price you have offered is accepted it is not appropriate to back out of the deal.
- Only say you’ll buy something later if you intend to buy later. The sellers usually have amazing memories, and will come hounding you on your promise!