Thursday, 12 April 2012

HAGGLING IN INDIA



Sometimes your driver may stop at shops unasked, they get a small commission for bringing customers to certain places. If you buy something at one of the shops you will inevitably end up paying around fifty percent extra. With Real_India and Delhi Car Rental, you will never experience this situation as the foundation of our company is to avoid all commission rackets.
When shopping in India there are a few things to be aware of.


MRP (Maximum Retail Price)
Most small goods (cigarettes, water, pre packaged grocery items and snack foods) will have a price stamped somewhere on the packet. Look for the MRP stamp on the bottom or side. In some out of the way places, people may try to charge you an extra rupee to cover the cost of transport. Most people don't mind to pay this, but you are well within your rights to insist on the MRP.

BARGAINING

Be aware that most things can be bargained for in India. Bargaining is almost like entering into a relationship with the seller. If you pay the first price then they will not respect you in the morning. If you bargain for something that you have no intention of buying this is considered very impolite.
When you ask "How much?" the bargaining is said to have begun.
The shopkeeper will mention an outrageous price to which you respond in a shocked and sorry manner. Shake your head and say "Arrree Baba! I am not the Goddess of Wealth!"
The shopkeeper may then ask what price you would offer for his goods.
You would then offer about ten percent less than what the goods are worth to you and allow him to bargain you up in increments to your final price.

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