More often or not, tourists and even well-versed travelers have gone fallen to tourists trap whenever they shop for souvenirs or even buying snacks from street vendors of a country they’re not familiar to. It’s really hard to shop talk your way especially when the local seller hardly understands you or vice-versa because of language barriers. As much as possible whenever we buy and shop in another foreign country we would like to get a nice and fair discount, right? It’s gonna be easy if the seller is kind enough to entertain you while you’re bargaining. There are some who’ll just smirk as soon as you try to haggle your first bargain.
There are some local sellers who’ll insist that you buy their products when they see you looking at it. If you’re gullible, you’ll end up buying things you don’t even need just to get out of the place.
There are instances that you thought you’ve just hit the jackpot and laugh your way out as you tell your friends that you’ve just bought a piece for a low, low price. Or was it the seller who had the last laugh?
Sometimes, we tend to haggle too low that it’s not fair for the seller considering they’re also doing their business to earn. And we all agree how hard it is to earn for a living.
On our recent trip to Hanoi, we’ve just learned a few tricks of the trade on how to bargain your way shopping for the lowest price, as possible as you can.
Like everyone here who have been to different foreign places, there’s gonna be this itch to buy souvenirs or knick knacks that we want to bring back home. And spending on these things is like an addiction and before you know it, you need to exchange your last dollar for the local currency.
The key-chain souvenir
We’ve bought a souvenir key-chains from a night market along Halong Road, Baichay, Halong and we thought that we’ve already hit it off with a nice discount. From 200,000VND, the seller gave us 1-set of key-chain (10 pieces) for 180,000VND. We were just so happy that we’ve mentioned it to our group. And so we thought.
As we went inside to see how the others were doing their shopping, we found another stall selling almost similar set of key-chains. The lady asked where we bought it for how much and when we told her the price she goes like ‘Oh?!’ She looked at our items and told us with a wondrous look that she sells the same for only 50,000VND. And she started to talk to the other sellers near her in their own language.
Okay. So we fell into a tourists trap. Or maybe not. Later on we’ve learned that the normal selling price for the set of key-chains is 100,000VND.
So here is our advice on how to get a good bargain to start when tugging for price.
How to haggle and bargain for a good discount
To set the mood, always start the tug at half the price. If the product is being sold for 100,000VND, start bargaining with 50,000VND. If the backpack you’re eyeing is selling at 500,000VND, try offering a bid for 250,000VND. And so on.
From that point, the seller would already have an idea that you’re buying on a budget and you’re looking for a good price. From there, the seller could pitch another price far different from your offer but might as well be in a discounted price. Haggle a little bit more and who knows, the seller might give in on your first offer.
You can also insist that you’re buying more than one or two items, just so you can get a good bargain deal.
You’ll be lucky if you’ll find a seller that’s willing to give half the price of the item. Just look around. The most a seller can give is 50,000VND less of the price but if you’re persistent, they might give you little more discounts.
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