Now this isn’t for everyone but it can save you a little money on your purchases if you’ve never tried haggling before …
Rules of thumb when haggling
- Offer 25-30% of what the seller asks for to begin with and expect to come up to 40-50% of the original price. Sadly, the days of extravagant haggling are long gone. You never know though – you might be lucky. You are more likely to be lucky if you remember to:
- Be polite. Smile but not too much and not too often. As a female traveller, particularly if you’re travelling alone, be aware of the cultural expectations of the country you’re in. Smiling too widely or too often can be misinterpreted.
- Hold your cards close to your chest. If you come across as too keen, it’ll be near impossible to get a bargain.
- Don’t start at all unless you genuinely want to buy whatever it is.
- Be prepared to walk away. If there’s more leeway in the price then the seller will probably follow you. If not, then chances are you’ll find something equally good in the next shop you go to!
- You will talk to other tourists who’ve had a better bargain than you. It’s inevitable. So don’t worry about it. As long as you’re happy with the price you paid then that’s all that matters.
So overall I’d say the best way to get a bargain is this. Be polite but cautious and don’t be too invested in that one thing. If you’re desperate to buy it, the seller will know.
Good luck haggling and let me know how you get on …
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