To Haggle or Not To Haggle
Eric at Travelblogs.com recently opened a debate among bloggers entitled, “To Haggle or Not To Haggle”, and it has brought up several great responses from several travelers. Below is the question Eric asked as well as my response and I’d love to hear what you think as well.
Picture this: Youâ€™re in an unnamed Asian country, buying food from a street vendor. The vendor quotes you a price which, compared to the price youâ€™d pay for food back at home, is incredibly cheap. But you also know that the price he has quoted you is the â€œtourist priceâ€, a figure that is much higher than the price he charges locals.
Do you try to haggle him down, or do you pay him the price heâ€™s asking?
Haggle. Chances are that the price he just quoted me is at least double his locals price, so if I haggle him down to half way between the two, we both win. Also, I’ll gain his respect, and the respect of all the other vendors within earshot, because I understand his system so that the next time I visit his stall, he’ll probably start at the 150% mark up instead of the 200%.
If he doesn’t budge, there’s always the tried and true method of walking away. If he doesn’t come running after you giving you your price, then the next vendor down the row will because they want your business. Definitely Haggle. It’s the Asian way.