In many cultures, haggling (or bargaining) is a way of life and a perfectly normal part of any shopping experience. Personally, I did not start out as the type of shopper who enjoys haggling. At first, I found the process uncomfortable and felt that I paid the price too. Often, I didn’t know what the market was for a given item and feared insulting the merchant. It also seemed to me that haggling over the equivalent of a couple of dollars just wasn’t worth it. However, some people enjoy the wheeling and dealing in the hunt for the best price. A fellow traveller was so kind as to show me the upside of bargaining. Not only can you find some great deals, but it is also a social event. What better way to dive into a conversation with a local? To feel better about buying an item, I’ve learned to scope out the market first and ask for some prices before attempting to bargain. Then I put on my poker face and start the haggling. A good haggler would say that you shouldn’t be shy about offering a really low price and to initially offer half to a third of the initial asking price. You should also not get your heart set on an item, so you can just walk away if need be. Think of it as an experience rather than a shopping trip. If haggling is your thing or if you want dive into a new experience and test your skills, here are some of the best souks, bazaars and markets from around the world to show off your techniques.
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar – Cairo, Egypt