All roads lead to Rome. There are also a lot of ways to get what you want in Bali. Though, always remember to respect the locals. You both want something. Please do not act as if you were playing with them while bargaining.
1. Speak the Language
Learn a little bahasa, use sentences like “Ini Bagus, berapa harganya?” (This is good, how much is it?) “Tolong dikasih harga murah” (Please give me a cheap price). They will give the sellers a smile and make them appreciate your willingness to learn their language. Especially in the last minutes of bargaining this helps.
2. Play the “I live on Bali” card
Tell them you have been on Bali for quite a while and you know the prices. Balinese have a special way to call other people Bli (b-lee) for Sir or a guy and Mbok (mm-bok) or Ibu (ee-boo) for the lady. Simply say “Saya tinggal di Bali loh Bli” (i live in bali Sir)! They will feel close to you and be happy to reduce the price.
3. Smile and laugh
It is all about happiness. Once they are interested in you they also start asking you questions. Build a relationship with them, learn something about the culture and in the end ask one more time for a cheaper price – with a killer smile!
4. The “Walking-away” trick
Even the locals use that trick themselves. If things get hard, try that way. Say sorry, you said your last price and simply walk o . Usually the seller will follow you and give you the price.
If not – in most cases your requested price is too low – or the seller is just too lazy.
5. Know the math
As a white person you will always get tourist prices. You can bargain to 50% less from the price, or even more – depending on where you are. Also, if you buy more than one item they are willing to give you a higher discount. For them it ́s less the items they sell but more the money they can make at once.
6. How to bargain with your accommodation?
Specially if you stay longer in Indonesia you can get some great accommodation deals. The local Homestays which HSH Stay is offering are also available on a monthly and weekly base and you can get some great discounts. No tricks required – Simply talk to us!
Maybe bargaining is just not your thing...
If bargaining is not your forte, visit KRISNA, it is a big souvenir and gift shop located on Sunset Road. They are having a 24-hour branch just 10 minutes from the airport. The prices in this store are fixed, sometimes a lot cheaper than at a local market, and has something for everybody. Especially for last minute shopping this is a nice pick!
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