Bali: A shopper’s guide to paradise on a budget

Kuta Square 

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.
 
Generally the early morning is a great time to bag a bargain as most Balinese hawkers offer special ‘morning prices’ as they believe it will bring them luck during the day. 
 
Karen said that shoppers should remember to carry cash, as not all places accept credit cards and above all they should always be good humored.

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.

Kuta’s main road is lined with shops and market stalls selling everything from swimwear, sarongs, knick-knacks, handicrafts and DVDs to jewellery, sunglasses, clothing, shoes and leather goods.

Karen said that shoppers are guaranteed to fall in love with the little known home ware store Geneva where “you can get anything you want for dirt cheap prices.” 

The north of Legian Street, from Seminyak to Kerobokan also features an enclave of boutiques specializing in local designer clothes, antiques, and furniture and lifestyle goods.

If you just don’t enjoy haggling for a bargain…

Kuta also has a number of department stores and shopping centre’s with fixed prices.

Shoppers will love Kuta Square (a branch of the Matahari Department Store) and Kuta Centre, which are located very close to each other in Jalan Kartika Plaza.

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
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