"It's alright to bargain" Top 5 Page for this destination Kunming Local Custom Tip by hooiluangoh
Kunming Local Customs: 29 reviews and 23 photos
Bargaining is the culture, and the customer who is not aware of the "market price" loses.
It's also true the traders here are usually small businessmen who do not make much money. So if you feel sorry for them this way, perhaps you should just pay whatever the asking price is.
Don't be rude in the bargaining process though. Be pleasant, smile always, and offer a price lower than what you want to pay, this way you give yourself room to move up if the vendor thinks it is too low. Alternatively you can pretend to walk away, and the vendor will call you back if he/she thinks the price is still acceptable to him. If he/she doesn't, it does not really matter because you can usually find the exact same thing in the next couple of stalls.
Make sure you take it if they say ok. It's extremely rude to walk away when the vendor agrees to your price.
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