How to Do Bargain Shopping While Traveling Abroad

Who loves a good souvenir? Who hates spending an arm and a leg on purchasing said souvenir?

The whole point of shopping abroad is to get authentic items, locally made and sourced, that the locals themselves buy.

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.

What Does Bargain Shopping Entail?

Ask the locals where they go

The key phrases here are, “where are the popular local markets?”, “which  markets are best for souvenirs?”, and “which markets will allow me to  bargain?”.

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

Be nonchalant

A good place to start is at half of what they ask, and don’t be afraid of offending them.

Know where to start your haggling

Your first bargain shopping experience may be scary, but once you’ve made that first purchase, you’ll realize how much fun and satisfying it is.

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