Haggling has been used by both buyers and sellers all over the world for centuries, but those who do it well understand the etiquette of haggling. Get this right and you’ll become a haggling expert.
You don’t have to be in a packed tourist market in Morocco, you can haggle anywhere. Asking for a better deal is what consumers do every day, from agreeing mobile phone contracts to getting free delivery. If you don’t ask you won’t get!
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Set yourself a price that you will be willing to pay. You may aim for a price that is lower but know what you would be willing to pay.
A simple ‘good morning’ or ‘hi how’s it going’ will help to open up a conversation. If possible, find out their name and tell them what you’re looking for.
Try not to mention the price in the first few minutes, let the seller tell you a little about the product, even if you already know the details.
Never ever tell them what your budget is. When you’ve been given a price, don't say - ‘any chance of a discount’, instead, go for: ‘I like the product so if we can agree a lower price I will buy it today’.
In order to get a good deal you need to find out just how low they will go, so make them an offer much lower than what you’d be prepared to pay. If the seller tells you there’s no way they could do that you can move up from there. When you've made an offer, keep quiet until the seller has responded. Silence is golden and crucial when trying to get a great deal.