There are some advantages to shop at traditional market or small stores around the island, you might find some excellent handicraft or clothes, and you could actually bargain for their price! Here are some tips of dealing with bargain when you shop around the island. Check them out!
Many tour operators are in alliance with the larger retail businesses that operate in the island, so it is better if you didn’t get introduced as a part of large tour group. No substantial kickback comission means (way) cheaper price for you to start haggling down the price.
EARLY BIRDS GETS THE BEST PRICE
Believe it or not, this mostly works. Psychologically people feel more fresh in the morning, therefore many shop will be very happy to make their first income of the day. Even if you come afternoon, you can still pull this off by asking morning price. This also shows the shopkeeper that you are not a ‘newbie shopper’.
FRIEND FIRST, BUSINESS LATER
Balinese (or Indonesian people in general) love to make friends, so don’t just barge in with scruffy face. Always ask politely with a smile and friendly gesture, don’t hesitate to learn one or two simple Bahasa words. If you can show them sincere kindness, they will be more than happy to lower the price for you, genuinely.