There are some advantages to shop at traditional market or small store around the island, you might find some excellent handycraft or clothes, and you could actually bargain for their price. Here are some bargaining tips when you shop around the island. Check them out.
ATTITUDE: SMILE AND BEING FRIENDLY
Balinese people (or Indonesian people in general) are friendly, so always ask politely with smile and friendly gesture and don’t hesitate to learn one or two simple Bahasa words. If you can show them hospitality, they will be happy to lower the price for you, genuinely.
START WITH 30% – 40% OFF THE ASKING PRICE
If you are not sure about the price, you should try requesting for 30% – 40% off the asking price and start bargaining from that price range. If you still think it’s too expensive, you can just say ‘sorry it’s too expensive’ and leave. Sometime they (the shop keeper) will ask how much you’re willing to pay for the stuff.
SHOP EARLY IN THE MORNING
Believe it or not, this mostly works. Psychologically people feel fresher in the morning, therefore many shop will be very happy to make their first income of the day. Even if you come after noon, you can still pull this off by asking ‘harga pagi’ or morning price. This also show the shopkeeper that you are not a ‘newbie shoppers‘.