In the USA, about the only things you can bargain over are cars, homes, and flea markets. I avoid flea markets, have lived in the same home for 30 years, and only buy a new car about once a decade, so it's not much of an issue for me here at home. However, I travel internationally a lot, and love to browse the small markets. Unfortunately, even if you don't want to buy, it's almost impossible to just "look" without being constantly bombarded with questions or offers to sell the item. Even realizing it's expected and part of the culture doesn't make shopping in Africa, Asia, South America, or Eastern Europe any easier.
Several of our About.com Travel websites have compiled this list of international shopping tips that I found interesting. Maybe they will help you too!
- Bargaining in India
- Bargaining 101 in China
- How to Haggle in Asia
- Tips for Haggling in Eastern Europe
- Art of Haggling in Peru
- Tips for International Haggling
Haggling Over a Price at Giza in Egypt (c) Linda Garrison