We all love markets, don’t we? 🙂
Thing is, markets also come with very flexible prices and at times sellers exaggerate them way too much. Especially if you look foreign. Or a little naive. So here are a couple of tips and tricks to help you with that:
1. Engage the seller in simple conversation.
Be kind. Find out how they are doing. How long they’ve been in the business. Whether or not they made the goods they are selling by themselves. If so, a compliment won’t hurt. 🙂
2. Make it look like you are just casually looking around even though you have something specific in mind.
If they notice that you are being a specific in any way, they’ll assume that you must have come prepared (financially) and that you’ll leave with whatever it is that you’re eyeing at any cost.
3. Ask for the price of the item you are interested in.
Very, very, very casually.
4. Gasp a little and ask if they can sell it for half the amount they mentioned.
You know. Because that’s all you have to spare. And because what you’ll be left with will be your transport money or something like that.
5. Meet them in the middle.
As they slowly reduce their price, increase yours a little. Until you settle on a price that both parties are okay with.
There you go! Now you have whatever it is that you really wanted to buy and a few extra coins in your pocket for lunch too! 🙂
Always be kind.