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A Traveler’s Guide to Haggling

Plenty of travelers prefer to just pay the listed price of the item and be done with it, but bargaining a price down is expected in many cultures—especially at flea markets and bazaars, where vendors often inflate prices and expect potential buyers to argue them down.

There’s no better way to awaken your inner haggler than to seek inspiration from someone who not only bargains well but loves to do it. Master haggler Tim Chan, Public Relations Manager at G Adventures, has traveled and shopped around the world. For Chan, haggling isn’t only about getting the best deal. It’s also an opportunity to have a cultural interaction with locals while directly supporting the local economy. Here are his top five tips for turning every shopping negotiation into a worthwhile cultural experience at a great price.

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Jamie Ditaranto is a writer and photographer who is always looking for her next adventure. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto.

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