Should I Bargain for Everything?

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Should I Bargain for Everything?
Should I Bargain for Everything?

Almost everything is negotiable in Vietnam (with the notable exception of meals) and bargaining is very much part of the Vietnamese way of life. Should I bargain for everything?

All tourists are regarded as wealthy – which we are compared to most locals – but that doesn’t mean you’ll always be quoted an outrageous price; small shop-keepers and restaurant will often charge you the local rate. When bargaining, it helps if you know some Vietnamese numbers and have a general idea of the going rate for the item. Otherwise, the trick is to remain friendly, be realistic and make the process fun. If you manage to reduce the price by 40%, you’re doing well. In most cases it’ll be more like 10-20%.

Should I Bargain for Everything?
Should I Bargain for Everything?

A common ploy is to start moving away if you’re on the verge of agreement. But don’t bargain just for the sake of it. If your price is agreed, then you are honor bound to purchase. And always keep a sense of perspective: don’t waste time and energy haggling over what only amounts to a few cents.

However, if you are not a good bargainer, a supper market or a plaza is a reliable address. Everything is sold with the fix price as stated. So you will do not have to worry about buying something too expensive.

Should I bargain for everything?

All tourists are regarded as wealthy – which we are compared to most locals – but that doesn’t mean you’ll always be quoted an outrageous price; small shop-keepers and restaurants will often charge you the local rate. When bargaining, it helps if you know some Vietnamese numbers and have a general idea of the going rate for the item. Otherwise, the trick is to remain friendly, be realistic and make the process fun. If you manage to reduce the price by 40%, you’re doing well. In most cases it’ll be more like 10-20%

Should I Bargain for Everything?
Should I Bargain for Everything?

A common ploy is to start moving away if you’re on the verge of agreement. But don’t bargain just for the sake of it. If your price is agreed, then you are honor bound to purchase. And always keep a sense of perspective: don’t waste time and energy haggling over what only amounts to a few cents.

However, if you are not a good bargainer, a supper market or a plaza is a reliable address. Everything is sold with the fix price as stated. So you will do not have to worry about buying something too expensive.