Bargaining in Bali is normal practice and getting a good price while shopping depends largely on one’s bargaining prowess.
Karen Grayson from Mobile Travel Agents shared some of her tips on how to bargain like a seasoned shopper.
“You should start by offering one-third of the marked price and be prepared to walk away to get the price you are willing to pay.”
It’s also a good idea to carry a list of the current exchange rates, which will save you from having to whip out the calculator mid-price negotiations.
First-timers may find it a little off putting when street hawkers follow them down the street trying to get a sale.
However, the Balinese shop -keepers are generally harmless (if a little persistent) and will leave you alone if you firmly say no.
So, where can you go to spend your Rupiah?
Virtually everybody comes to Bali to shop and most begin on their journey in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.
The Centro Department Store is also a favourite, which features famous international brands and designer labels including Esprit, Guess, Giordano, Polo, Prada, La Senza, surf shops such as Quicksilver, Billabong and Planet Surf, several optical shops and Guess for Kids.Centro also features a Periplus bookshop, Boots Chemist, Starbucks, Bread Talk, KFC, Pizza Hut, Baskin & Robbins, Black Canyon Cafe and several other restaurants.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F