Learn To Haggle At The Market


Why do I haggle? I did an internship in Istanbul, Turkey and I learned very quickly that in Turkey, there are 2 prices, the Turkish price and the foreigner price. Once you realise that the average seller is trying to sell to you at double or triple the Turkish price, you learn very quickly to haggle for everything that does not have a price tag.  Even though I now live in London and I don’t have to haggle for everything, I still really enjoy haggling. I find it really fun and I enjoy knowing that I got a better price than if I didn’t haggle. 

When I am on vacation abroad, I haggle because I know that sellers are trying to charge me really high tourist prices. In London, I go to Ridley Road Market in Dalston every Saturday to buy food.  At the end of the day, I know that the sellers want to get rid of their remaining stock and they are willing to make deals in the final hour before closing time. So I take the opportunity to haggle on Saturdays when I visit the market near closing time, to get great deals on market foods. 

What kind of haggling tactics do I use?
When I am in London and I visit Ridley Road Market, I have 2 key tactics. Firstly, I try to visit the market in the final hour before closing as the sellers want to get rid of excess stock and they are willing to make deals. Secondly, I offer to buy 2 or 3 bowls for a discounted price, ie. 2 bowls for £1/£1.50 or 3 bowls for £1.50/£2. When you buy in larger quantities, sellers are more willing to make you a deal, as it gets rid of more of their remaining stock, and you pay them more money than if you just bought 1 bowl for £1.


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