Shopping can be a lot of fun in Dominican Republic. However, if you are not very careful you may end up spending big bucks. Bargaining is a very helpful skill when you are visiting Dominican Republic, particularly if you wish to shop a lot. During any time of your trip, you may face several opportunities for bargaining for a shopping item you really want to purchase. Although your first instinct would be to pay the asked price, you should know that the vendors here expect tourists to negotiate and they draw a mean bargain.
In several parts of the world, bargaining is not a well known concept. However, in DR you can save a huge amount of money if you have a few bargaining skills. It is also a great way to getting involved in the local cultural aspects. In order to help you get the most of your shopping experience and your money, we have put together a list of a few helpful bargaining tips which will immensely help you. If possible, visit the market with a local friend or someone who is more comfortable bargaining. It may take some time for you to really learn to master the skill but the savings resulting from it are well worth the effort.
Given below are a few great bargaining tips when you are in DR:
It can be very helpful if you speak the local language. If not, it helps to have someone with you who does.
Be well aware of the local going prices before you bargain.
Avoid talking or dressing up as a tourist or wearing branded and expensive jewelry and clothing when you go shopping.
If you are not sure that you are getting a fair deal, don’t hesitate to take your time to think about it.
Begin by offering only half of the asked price.
Always say that you are carrying less money than their asking price.
Do not hesitate to walk away if the vendor does not agree to your price.