This article gives you general tips on how to bargain fairly and effectively.
Bargaining is common in developing countries and in some parts of Europe.
Although restaurant and chain-hotel prices are usually fixed, you can often bargain for goods and services including local hotels, transportation, guides and souvenirs. (Consult a guidebook for local bargaining advice.)
Some people don’t like bargaining because they feel they might be cheating the merchant. Don’t worry—if your destination practices bargaining, the merchant may be more surprised if you don’t negotiate.
Just keep it fun by not being an overly aggressive negotiator. You don’t want to exploit anyone or create a conflict. Remember that the difference of a dollar or two is likely more important to the merchant than it is to you.
Observe What the Locals Pay
Decide What It’s Worth to You
Following a Script
Don’t Make the First Offer
Suggest You’ll Shop Around
Ask for Something Extra