Bargain Shopping While Traveling Abroad  [An In-Depth Guide]

The whole point of shopping abroad is to get authentic items, locally made and sourced, that the locals themselves buy. In this case, you should also pay the same as the locals and get the same deals.

What does bargain shopping entail?

When I speak of “bargaining” I mean “haggling”. This means that you don’t have to, nor should you, pay the price you are given. Not all areas allow for this, but for those that do, it’s important to know how to bargain with shop owners.

What can you bargain for?

If you’re in an area that allows for bargain shopping, you can price haggle for any item being sold there. This includes food, clothing, accessories, and decorations.

How can you try for the  Best Bargain?

First rule: Ask the locals where they go

You want to find anything related to markets, night markets, weekend markets, etc. These markets are generally set up outdoors with stall after stall of random commodities

How can you try for the  Best Bargain?

Second: Be nonchalant

Don’t act too interested.  If shop owners know you really like something, they’ll be less willing to negotiate down on price.

How can you try for the  Best Bargain?

Third: Know where to start your haggling

Ask the price and expect it to be at least double of what they would offer a local.  Yes, double (even triple depending on the item and how interested you are).

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