Negotiating a deal or bartering is an everyday skill that is used all around Thailand. Tourists will be exposed to higher rates in many markets and shops so they will have to agree upon a price to buy or sell it. There is one rule in bartering, don’t pay full price for an item unless you are in a store that shows fixed prices.
Here are our tips for grabbing a bargain in JJ Green:
This is the most important rule. Thai people are very friendly so you should be the same. Getting flustered because you can’t get the deal you want will put vendors off trading with you and the word will spread quickly. Enjoy yourself and don’t take bartering too seriously.
Work out what price you want
Getting a 25% discount on an item is a good base to start at. Sometimes this is a rough figure so don’t be too disappointed if you don’t get it. Start lower than you anticipate and work your way up. If you can come to a price you’re happy to pay then agree on the deal. You are the one paying the money so if you’re not happy with the negotiations, feel free to walk away politely, it’s a part of the market culture and they won’t be offended.
Don’t be shy
Vendors deal with bartering every minute of every day so they won’t be offended if you ask for a discount. Suggesting a deal will often work in your favour but be fair with your price as setting a ridiculously low offer is a waste of their time and yours.
Speak a little Thai
We know you’re not experts but no one is expecting you to be so why not give it a go! Simple phrases such as Sawasdee Khrup/Ka (hello to men/women) and Kop Koon Khrup/Ka (goodbye to men/women) are very respectful of Thai culture and will be embraced if you try!
This is a good trick to make sure you’re not getting conned. Have a little look around before jumping into a purchase. Many vendors will sell similar or the same products so it can be easy to find what you’re looking for. Get a fair figure in your head and try barter when you know what price you want to pay.
Remember the value of money
It’s easy to spend like crazy when you’re on holiday but don’t pay stupid money for cheap items. It’s around 45 Baht to 1 GBP or 35 Baht to 1 USD so keep a good perspective on this. Don’t pay 700 Baht for a pair of knock-off sunglasses when you can grab them for 200 Baht because that’s the first price that comes out of the vendor’s mouth. Barter and your money will stretch a lot further!