Posted by: traveljunkies | January 5, 2011

How to bargain fairly in third world markets.

Bargaining is a two way process and it’s important that both sides feel they have done well from the bargain.

Don’t try to screw every penny out of the deal. A dollar to you is trivial but is more important to the seller. Accept that they will try to rip you off but that’s part of the game. If you don’t want to play the game, just walk away, or better still, avoid the place altogether.

Never make the first offer, always get the seller to state their price first.

Don’t buy the first time round. Shop around to get an idea of the going prices. It will send a message to the seller that you might buy from someone else, and it will make your bargaining easier.

To get the best price just walk away. Tell the seller you like it but it’s too expensive. You’ll find the price goes down more the nearer you are to leaving. The seller needs to sell more than you need to buy.

And remember it’s their way of life and they have to make a living. So join in and enjoy yourself. You can always walk away.

Cliff Chapman

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