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At the bazaar

Colourful markets and bazaars are among the highlights of every journey. Haggling has to be learned, though.

  • Do only haggle if you are really interested in buying something: Haggling is communication as well as game. Be fair. The more you smile while haggling, the more fun it will be. If you accept the first-mentioned price with a grim face, you will lose money and not be a partner for a fair and good trade.

  • At oriental bazaars, a glass of tea is part of the ritual. Accepting it won't oblige you to buy anything.

  • Many street hawkers are extremely poor. They often have clear minimum prices. Don't haggle mercilessly for every cent.

  • If you don't like haggling, you better buy in shops where there are fixed prices.
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