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Apart from most shop­ping malls and for­eign brands in Bangkok, bar­gain­ing is al­lowed and even ex­pected by many pro­pri­etors. While there is no hard and fast rule to bar­gain­ing, here are some tips we can of­fer to se­cure you a bet­ter price when shop­ping Bangkok:

1. Ask for much lower than you’re

will­ing to pay – In this game of back and forth, of­fer­ing a much lower price will prompt the seller to of­fer a slightly higher one till an agree­ment can be reached. It is very un­likely that a seller will ac­cept the first price you list.

2. Do not show in­ter­est – Flit from shop to shop to show sell­ers that you’re here purely for win­dow-shop­ping rather than for a spe­cific pur­pose. If in­ter­ested in an item, of­fer your price but if the seller isn’t of­fer­ing any­thing close to how much you’re will­ing to pay, back away and move on. Chances are, sell­ers are more in­ter­ested in the sale and will of­fer back a much lower price.

3. Do not back out of a bar­gain – More of­ten than not, sell­ers might ask for you to name a price be­fore you can ask ‘how much?’ If not in­ter­ested in what­ever they’re sell­ing, it’s best to keep your mouth shut in­stead of say­ing any­thing (even if of­fer­ing a ridicu­lously low price to get rid of touts) as once the seller agrees to it, it is con­sid­ered in­cred­i­bly rude and it will be hard to leave with­out be­ing cursed at.

4. Speak lo­cal – It al­ways helps to speak Thai to pro­pri­etors as they could be of­fer­ing two prices – one for lo­cals and one for tourists. Learn key phrases or shop with a lo­cal friend!

5. Do not be st­ingy – Do not be stub­born about get­ting a cer­tain price if what they’re of­fer­ing is close to what you’re will­ing to pay. Re­mem­ber that 10 Baht is only worth a cou­ple of cents to you but is enough to pay for a whole meal for them.

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