Bargaining in Bangkok

As you may know, Bangkok is a great city for shoppers. And, bargaining is a fun part when shopping in Bangkok. In this post, I would like to share you the places that you can and cannot bargain and tips for bargaining in Bangkok.

Let’s talk about the place first. You should know that not all the shopping places in Bangkok accept bargaining. The places you cannot bargain are upscale shopping malls, supermarkets, and restaurants, while the places you can bargain are markets (both indoor and outdoor) and street stalls.

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Mostly the places that you cannot bargain are having a price sticker putting on the product item, while the ones that you can bargain usually do not have a price sticker putting on the product item.

Anyway, this rule might not work. Some shops also give you a discount even if there is a price label putting on the product item especially when you buy more. My recommendation is if the price is too high and you really want to buy the product, you can ask for discount politely; do not say the price you want, but let the seller offer you a new price.

Tips for bargaining

First of all, you should know that some products are sold in many stalls in the same market, while some products are sold in only a stall. You should look around the market first.

Ask for the price, and then ask for the discount, and then try to get the price down a little bit. If the seller agrees with the price, you should buy the product. You should bargain only the product that you really want to buy. But if the seller do not agree, and you think you can buy it in a cheaper price at other stalls, just say ‘thank you’ and walk away. Do not make the sellers know that you really want the product, while you are bargaining. In many cases the sellers change their minds and agree with the price that you offer.

Do not forget to smile and be polite with the sellers. Bargaining is not difficult, even if you are not familiar with it. Just try! Learning by doing!

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