How to trade in tourist countries.

The law of successful shopping in the East is: the longer you bargain, the less money you have to pay.

Therefore, when shopping abroad, it is worth mastering the art of conversation with the seller. Fortunately, for this it is not at all necessary to learn a foreign language, it is enough just to remember a few simple rules.


In Egypt, you can bargain even in large stores. Do not be afraid to leave the store: often the seller catches up with the buyer, even if he has gone quite far. Do not go to the shops offered by guides or helpers - there you risk paying too much, because the price of the goods includes a percentage of the “assistant”. And be sure to specify which pound the seller means: Egyptian or... English.

Shopping Rules: Do you think only misers bargain? In Asia or Africa, you will not be considered greedy, on the contrary, those who do not try to reduce the price will be considered fools here. Think of bargaining not as a tedious activity, but as an exciting game, theatrical performance, business negotiation training, or a kind of competition between the seller and the buyer.


Supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants - the territory of fixed prices. But in small shops, sellers are usually ready to give in. Do not be surprised if you are treated to tea and sweets in the process. But, alas, resorts sometimes manage to reduce the price by up to 30 percent. Local merchants are good appraisers, they easily calculate the cost of your wardrobe. Therefore, when going shopping, it is better to leave fashionable clothes, expensive watches and shoes in the room.

Shopping rules: In Asia, you can usually bargain not only in the markets, but also in many stores, and it does not matter what you are going to buy: clothes, gold or a TV. Even if the cost is written on the price tags, often this is just a guideline to start a conversation. But avoid popular tourist spots, where sellers don't waste time haggling. They know that visiting rich people will still buy their goods. It is better to go away from the sights, to places where bored shopkeepers agree to bargain almost to zero, just to have a little fun.


Fixed prices in this country are limited to M. R. P. items sold in supermarkets and some stores, other items can always be negotiated. The cost can often be reduced even 10 times. And do not forget that the price of accommodation in a guesthouse is also not final. The most unfortunate region for bargaining is Goa, where the most intractable traders work.

Shopping rules: don't rush! Asian shopping is not done on the run. If you really liked some thing, be prepared that you will have to spend at least half an hour in the shop, be patient. Try to enjoy the process: be friendly, benevolent, then firmly stand your ground.


You can easily knock down the price of penny souvenirs, but you didn’t come for that! Before you bargain in China, practice on the softer sellers in other countries. Going to the Middle Kingdom, stock up on valerian: you will need iron nerves and titanium endurance. But it's worth it: for the same jacket or technical novelty in Moscow, you will pay 10 or even 15 times more.

Shopping Rules: If you plan to buy a large expensive item, in order not to get into trouble, make inquiries in advance: chat on Internet forums, talk to locals (even with hotel employees) and find out how much it can cost.


Today, the Emirates have largely lost their former flavor of the huge Arab bazaar. Bargaining is not possible everywhere: fixed prices have been introduced in taxis, shopping centers, and restaurants. In the markets - clothing, gold - although they will depict a semblance of bargaining, they will not last long: after a couple of exclamations you will receive a 20-30% discount and, most likely, the price will remain unchanged further. Shopping Rules: Don't bargain long and hard if you don't end up buying the item. It is indecent to waste someone else's time, and why waste your own in vain?


You should not count on large discounts: you can consider that the auction was successful if the seller reduced the original price by 30-40%. In this country, you can bargain everywhere, from tuk-tuks to massage parlors, with the exception of large shopping centers with boutiques of popular fashion companies. Stores at large jewelry and textile factories can also disappoint with fixed prices.

Shopping Rules: Don't be shy if you don't know the local dialect or English. Many reactions are understandable without words, and bargaining often takes place with the help of a calculator. Did the seller write the first price? Feel free to reduce it by 5-7 times! When you see a number that is too high, don't run away - your opponent hasn't lost his mind, he's just observing etiquette. Your next steps depend on how much the merchant reduces the cost. Move in the same steps. On average, you should cut the price by about half.


You can bargain, but you won't be able to reduce the price much. The exception is taxis, their drivers often quote absolutely exorbitant prices. However, even in the resort towns there are still remote areas where good goods can be bought literally for a penny. It will not be possible to significantly reduce the price in Petra either, since the local Bedouins, although they look like poor ragamuffins, are spoiled by crowds of tourists.

Shopping rules: do not show the seller that you like some thing and you came to buy it. It is better to go into the store with a bored expression on your face, take a look at the shelves and, as if by chance, notice the necessary item. Pretend that you do not need it at all, but, so be it, you buy it for fun.


In Bulgaria, you can bargain in the markets and save about 30% of the cost of goods. The fare must be negotiated in the taxi. At popular resorts, fares can be staggering, but it's worth taking a walk to the highway and you can get to the place 5 times cheaper.

Shopping Rules: When looking at a thing, look for flaws, even if imaginary, and point them out to the seller, eloquently shaking your head and clicking your tongue. It is not even necessary to say anything: the merchant will immediately name a new price. You can scold the goods, but you should never insult the seller himself.



The Greeks are benevolent, they do not like to work, but they are always ready to chat with a buyer who has looked into the light, especially if he turns out to be a pretty girl. Therefore, the key to success in this country is not impudence, as in Asia, but a heart-to-heart conversation with the seller. Let him know that you are from Russia, remember the common religion, compliment Greece, its cuisine and him personally, and the price will melt before your eyes.

Shopping Rules: If you decide that the seller will not lower the price any more, give him a check - shake your head in disappointment, express regret that you cannot buy an item at such a price, and start moving towards the exit. If you have already found yourself on the street and closed the door behind you, and the merchant did not flinch, most likely you will no longer be able to lower the price.