Traditionally, most people avoid bargaining when purchasing goods and services. But you can still do it in Vietnam, and with the potential savings, it might be worth adding haggling to your list of shopping skills. Here are some tips to drive down prices!
Do not make a purchase if you fall in love at first sight!
You may be able to find the same items the next day or for a lower price in another shop, but keep the vendor’s visit card in your pocket in case you need to return.
It’s imperative to smile
Be friendly, polite and fun to keep the transaction going. In one word, flirt!
Knowing the true cost of an item can aid in the negotiation process.
The price can be found previously on the internet, in stores, and so on. It only takes a few minutes of research to find the best deal!
Approach the vendor only when you are ready to buy.
Act uninterested and request prices for a few items, not just the one you want.
Maintain the appropriate amount of money in your pocket.
Keeping the appropriate amount of money in your pocket creates a compelling reason for a discount. Decide how much you want to spend, put your money in your pocket, and when you find the right price, say, “This is all the money I have!”
Make a reason for bargaining.
Inquire with the vendor if purchasing multiple items together qualifies for a discount. If the item’s quality isn’t perfect, without being rude, point out flaws or defects.
When should you walk away?
The only true way to know what the rock-bottom price is in Asia, regardless of the country, is to walk away. Act uninterested and slowly approach the door. If the vendor is ready to negotiate, he will return your call. Remember, if it doesn’t work, it’s better to walk away than to be rude. In some countries, such as Vietnam, knowing some words in the local language, such as numbers, makes haggling easier. In any case, remember it’s a game, don’t let the other person “lose his face,” and don’t take it too seriously!