How to haggle

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Haggling (sometimes called bargaining) is common in some countries, for example Turkey and Egypt. If you don't haggle, you will get ripped off. Vendors expect a bit of haggling. Some points to keep in mind:

  • A common trick: Shop owners will start with an insanely high price. This will most certainly put you off, but keep to your budget and state your price.
  • Remember when stating your price, state one that is lower than what you expect to pay in the end.
  • A good trick on your side is to bid the vendor farewell and start walking off. You will most certainly get at least two offers, each lower than the previous.
  • Be strong. Don't let them get to you, no matter how hard they push.