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Daily market or special market day: "Bargaining and markets" Top 5 Page for this destination Mexico Shopping Tip by melosh

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Bargaining for your price is expected in market places in Mexico. Every town has a market or market day. Bargaining is also common in shops especially when they are owner operated. Even established stores with "fixed prices" may give you a discount if you just ask. This is not convenient if you just want to decide and buy, but it can be fun.

What to buy: Make sure the item is made in Mexico if this is important to you. People are importing goods made in Peru and Guatemala to sell to tourists in Mexico.
The price ultimately reflects the sellers desire or need to sell and the buyers desire to purchase. These are often influenced by the quality, the demand, the uniqueness of the item (availability), and lastly by the knowledge and persistance of the buyer and seller.
Buy what you like, but try to determine the market value before you close the deal.

What to pay: Rich crazy tourist -- pays a wildly excessive asking price.
Tourist who has checked the store prices and knows how to say no will generally get a slight savings to the store price which might partly reflect lower quality.
Foreigner fluent in Spanish with lots of time for bargaining can pay about what a rich Mexican will pay.
The buyer who knows the quality, knows the going lowest price, can walk away, is persistant, is friendly, and who finds a motivated seller with a need for cash, will get the best price.

Address: Central market, or in the streets on market day
Directions: Everywhere things are being sold.
Theme: Other

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  • Written Dec 26, 2004
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