Never Name Your Price Unless…and a Surefire Haggling Tech
The Chinatown market at Petaling Street is a haven for knockoff and otherwise bona fide goods. You’ll find everything here, from fake watches and leather goods to fake VCDs and DVDs. If you want to get the best bargains, you have to haggle. But don’t get into the trap of naming your price as it almost always amounts to an agreement to buy.
You should avoid this:
You: How much discount can I get for that 10-ringgit T-shirt?
Vendor: How much are you willing to pay?
You: Nine ringgit
Vendor: Okay (At this point, it’s a convention that you must buy)
Now, you could have got it for say five ringgit if you had haggled.
Try to negotiate like this:
You: How much can I get that T-shirt for (quoted price is 10 ringgit)?
Vendor: How much do you want it for?
You: What’s the cheapest you can give me?
Vendor: Six ringgit.
You: I’ll come back later if I want it.
When you are about to leave, they will definitely call you back and say “Okay, I’ll give it to you for five ringgit”.
Believe me, this works like magic. [more]
The Prices are the Same all over the Chinatown Market
If you are shopping at the Chinatown evening Market, which is famous for its fake goods, don’t waste your time going to many stalls comparing prices. I have found from personal experience that the quoted prices are the same throughout the market. For example, if you find a Levis jeans costing RM60 (USD200) at one stall, chances are other stalls there are also selling it for RM60. The only difference is how adamant the vendor is with his wanted prices. A stall is as good as any other as far as price is concerned. So far, I haven’t found a favourite vendor. I’ll tell you about it once I find one. So, haggling is the way to go. [more]
Haggling at Chinatown Fake Goods Market
If you want cheap convincing fake goods, Chinatown is definitely the place. But take note that while the prices of these goods are much lower than that of the original, the prices are highly marked up. This means, you have room to haggle. I’ve found that the prices quoted by the stalls are to three times the prices they are willing to let go the products for. So, if a product price is RM30, try to get it down to RM10. But, haggle gradually. I’ve found that pretending to leave the stalls to look for the same item elsewhere is a technique that works well. Chances are, the vendor you are haggling with will give in to you.
Also, beware of a technique sometimes used by the traders there to force you into buying their stuffs. They like to intimidate soft customers into buying by appearing angry at you if you don’t appear to buy at the prices they want. When you are haggling, appear confident. Don’t come off like a wimp, a soft person that can be pushed into buying. Be firm, but don’t be rude. If you are soft, they would say something like “Who do you think I am, a cheapster? Since you have haggled much, you must buy from me. You are wasting my time if you don’t buy from me.” I have seen this technique used on a local boy. The boy appeared afraid and bought. The traders would select the customers to sue this technique. If you are a big guy, you don’t have to worry about this.
Having a local person with you would also help you haggle. I have found that a local’s presence would make the vendor a little soft, especially if the local person also chips in in the haggling process. I have seen many tourists who settle at prices that could have gone lower had they known better or had they someone local to tell them they could haggle more. [more]
Chinatown in Malaysia, located at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur is not only famous for its cultural extravaganza, but also for its fake goods. Everyday, in the evening from about 6pm, fake good stalls will line the Petaling Street. Vehicles are prohibited here at this time. These stalls will sell everything, from fake Tag Heuers, Levis and Nikes to fake Calvin Kleins perfumes and Louis Vuitton bags. This piece of news is good or bad depending on you. If you want original, definitely don’t look for it here or you will be cheated. But if you want cheap convincing imitations, Chinatown is the haven for knockoffs. I have bought a Levis jeans jacket here for RM60 (USD25), with the original costing RM200 (USD60). [more]
The Best Bargain in Town is in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown center is the best way to go if you have a good bargaining talent. There is a wide variety of goods to choose from: from souvenir items, bags, walllets, clothing, accessories, you name it and you can find it at Jalan Petaling in Kuala Lumpur. The bad thing is, if you are a tourist and does not know how to play the game of the sellers, you will surely buy the items at the price that they want you to pay them. The good thing however is, if you bargain really good, you can take the items at the half of the price they offer. The boxed neckties that they sell at RM45 (approximately 9 euros), they will give it at RM 22. The trolly that they sell to you at RM150, they give to you at RM70. The place is always full and noisy but it is a fun thing to be there and also a good way to practice and/or apply your bargaining skills. Don't miss it! [more]
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