In the western world people do not really haggle as much about everyday goods as they do in Asia. When tourists are arriving in Asia, it can seem a bit too much, that they have to haggle for every price. But don’t be scared, the locals mean no harm and it is just a part of their culture. Make it a fun thing and go haggle.
Here are a few tips on how to haggle in Asia
# 1. 50% off
If there are no fixed prices – go for 50% off. If the shop or taxi driver do have fixed prices, respect them.
# 2. Ask around
Always ask around and newer buy from the first sales person you meet. This rule applies to both goods, services and taxis.
# 3. Do your homework
Check up on the local price level beforehand. Use apps like hagglestar or read travel blogs to check the average price range.
# 4. Walk away
One of the oldest tricks in the book. If you are not happy about the price, simply work away. They will most likely run after you while lowering their price.
# 5. Be respectful
Always be respectful to the locals, even if they can be a bit pushy. Make it fun to haggle and just realise that it is going to take some time to haggle the right price.