Whether travelling to Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, or really any country in Asia, you will find local businesses where you can sneak in a bargain at your time of purchasing items. Something that was priced at 60 Malaysian Ringgit could be brought down to less than 15 Ringgit if the right technique is used.
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Here, in my experience, are the best techniques to bargain to get the best deal you can possible:
1. First of all, ask for the cost of the item. Feel free toexamine the itemto get an idea of its worth.
1. After, in your mind,create a pricefor the item that is reasonable for the salesman and for you. Then state a price that is somewhat lower than the charge you want.
2.Be confidentwhen stating your pricing, or else the vender will take advantage of you. Be careful though! Taking the price absurdly low will show that you do not know the true value the item holds, and the salesman will have more control in deciding the price, rather than you.
3. Once the vender starts increasing the charge, take the pricing you initially started with and slowlymake your way uptowards the price you think the item is truly worth.
4. Once you get to the price you thought of before-hand, stop andrefuse to increasethe pricing. If the salesman agrees to the price, go ahead and buy the item.Do not changethe price once it is settled, or else you will infuriate the salesperson. Now, if the salesman does not agree with the pricing, simply follow one of the techniques below.
The “Walk-Away Technique”- As soon as the salesman denies your pricing on the item, tell them “I can find the same item somewhere else for cheaper. Thank you,” and thenwalk awayslowly. This way the salesman feels he is losing a good customer, and will run after you to offer you the item for your price. Believe it or not, this technique works almost every time, and is practiced by many, so don’t worry about hurting anyone’s feelings.
The “Sure, I’m Feeling Great Technique”- If you are in agood moodand don’t mind spending a few extra bucks, go ahead and increase the pricing by however much you want.
5. Overall, make sure to not be too serious. Be firm to the salesman, but add some humor and be friendly during your conversation to get the salesman on your side.
Be open-minded, remembering that whatever pricing you want should be reasonable for the salesman as well. This is his job, and he must be able to get some sort of profit for personal expenses.
BEST MARKETS TO BARGAIN AT IN SOUTH- EAST ASIA
Down the halls of the old market
The night market in kuala lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia- Visit the Night Market in the heart of Chinatown or the Jalan Petaling Market.
Colombo, Sri Lanka- The Pettah Market is bustling with energy. Come here for a once in a life time shopping experience like a local.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam- The Cho Ben Thanh Market
Siem Riep, Cambodia- The Psar Cham Old Market has a large variety of products, but is full of tourists, so if you are looking for a challenging bargain, the Old Market is the place to go!