Are you off on holiday this year?
Are you planning on going shopping at any markets?
Do you know how to haggle?
Having had many years of experience in this field I thought I should share what I have learnt over the years for those that may not have had much practice in the art of haggling. I’ve been haggling since I was a mini person so now even my mum gets me to haggle for her when we go away together. It can be great fun and very satisfying to get a great discount. And no it’s not cheeky, many market holders in countries such as Spain for example expect people to haggle so they actually hike up their prices in preparation. Those that do not haggle are often caught out paying a third or even double more than what an item should have cost.
Here are my top tips for haggling:
You should find they work pretty well.
* Make sure you have a range of notes / change on you in advance. Change some at your hotel if you need to before you go out.
* It needs to be a place you can haggle ie. a market.
* Have a look around before you decide on an item. If there are similar items on other stalls ask them the price then experiment with haggling with them first. You don’t want to offend the person on the stall with the item you really want now do you!
* Offer a fair price, don’t try to discount the item excessively unless other stalls will go down that amount.
* If you have offered a fair price, initially stand your ground. Brits are known for giving in easily when it comes to haggling and some stall holders take advantage of this knowledge.
* Mention that another / other stall(s) have the same item / similar for less. Using your knowledge against them can be a valuable tool, don’t let them think you can be fooled easily.
* If they are still not budging offer to increase the amount by a little.
* Still no joy? Flash your cash. Don’t show more than the amount you are offering or the stall holder may not budge on the price.
* How are we doing? Any lucky yet. In some cases walking off helps, I have had numerous stall holders follow me down the market walkway saying “ok, yes I will do if for that price”, or something along those lines.
* Make sure you barter for something you actually want, it’s pointless for you and the stall holder to start the bartering process then you change your mind after the stall holder has caved and said they will sell for a lower price. I’ve seen people do it and it’s not fair after all the effort!