How to Barter in Asia

My family knows me as the bargaining expert. Here are some tips to get a decent price and quality product!

  1. Start much lower then they would ever expect! I almost make a joke out of it… Smile and say NO NO just 1 dollar Australian! they will have a laugh and you will break the ice. The average rule is half the amount they suggest and work your way from there… well I say go 25% at least- you will be surprised how many times they have gone straight down to half the original price!
  2. Don’t be afraid to stand your ground. If you know you can get the deal somewhere else- say NO, move on and you can always come back later!
  3. Try and stay away from bartering next to other tourists in the shop. This intimidates the shop keeper and will tend to lead to a higher price as they know most people don’t drive hard bargains and will take the higher prices.
  4. Keep smiling! As soon as you frown or have a negative tone, you will loose the deal. Stay smiley and giggly and they will tend to assure you its the best possible price.
  5. Don’t be afraid to use the ‘The other guy had them for $4!!”. Works all the time.
  6. Don’t fall for the ‘it’s real leather!”… news flash you on a street covered in dirt and the shop has no walls… its not leather. Laugh kindly and say ‘no it isn’t-cheeky!!!’ They will love it and will usually just say, ‘oh you got me’.
  7. Learn the shop keepers names, they will ALWAYS remember yours.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *