When I travel, I always want to find out how much the locals are paying for the same products that I am about to purchase. So if the shop owner tries to charge me much higher just because I am a tourist, I will know and will start bargaining down with a good target price in mind.
While one can save some money thru bargaining, the point of bargaining is really not that much about saving money here; many times, the differences are just a couple of dollars. I just don’t like the idea of being thought as a dummy, whom one can easily take advantage of and rip off from. And of course, the crappy feeling of being cheated after learning how much I have overpaid is equally terrible.
Hey, I know more than you think I do, ok!? I don’t want to let the locals get a feeling that every foreigner is stupid enough to be ripped off big time. These foreigners are here, now, because they are interested in the history and culture of your country, admire its unique tradition and the magnificent beauty of its scenery. These people have spent a lot to fly to your country, and they will definitely spend more along the way during their vacation in your country.
But on the other hand, I understand that the locals are just doing whatever they can to earn more for a better living. Most of them are good, friendly people with a kind heart, only that some of them think we, the foreigners, are too dumb not to trick and rip off from. Haha.
Well, this is just a part of the game for traveling and exploring the world. While the locals try to trick us for more from our pocket, we play defense and try to get a fair, if not better, deal. In fact, along the way when we are playing this game with the locals, Yik and I have made some friends with this other team 😀
So, let’s just play along and enjoy our trips 😉