Ubud Markets: Basket bags & How to Haggle like a Pro
Markets can be overwhelming, especially when you're a foreigner, but its a great place find a variety of local handicrafts at cheaper prices. Since alot of stalls carry the same stuff, its best to walk around and get an idea of how much things cost and from there, you can start to negotiate.
1. Greet the seller
Before you get your haggle on, be polite and say hello. Stall holders are very friendly and are always keen to chat.
2. be chill
Truth is, you’re going to get way excited when you see that wall of basket bags. Stay emotionally neutral as this will work in your favour when you start haggling.
3. the offer
Make an offer - when you’re set on something specific, check for a price and make your offer. Have a number in your head and be confident, but again stay chill.
Eg. Basket bag is 650,000 IDR (aprrox $60 AUD) From personal experience, I started my offer with something ridiculous like 150, to which the lady laughed in my face. The fun begins here and after good-humoured bartering session, we eventually came to an agreement of 300,000 (approx $28 AUD)
Remember that haggling at the markets is expected from shop keepers, so just go back and forth until you come to an agreement. The maximum you should expect to pay is 50% of the original cost. If you get it 75% off, you’re winning at life my friend.
4. be willing to walk away
Still not happy with the offer? Be prepared to walk away, because sometimes when you do, the shopkeeper will give in.
Otherwise plenty of neighbouring stalls will most likely have what you're after as well.
5. don't change your mind
Once you’ve agreed on the price, don't push your luck and try getting it cheaper rude boy.
6. cash money
Cash - make sure you’re cashed up as ATM’s can be hard to come by. It’s embarrassing when you agree on a price and you don't have enough cash. Been there!
7. time of day
You’ll get good deals both during the morning and at end of the day.
Morning: It’s known all over Asia that it’s good luck to sell something first thing in the morning. As for the end of day, merchants who've had a long day would rather sell something than pack it up.