Best bargaining tips when shopping in the souks of Morocco

Souks of Marrakech in Morocco

Buy in the Souks of Morocco It is synonymous with bargaining, as it happens when shopping in many other places in the country and in most Arab countries.

Therefore, when planning your trip to its most tourist cities, as is the case withMarrakech, you have to assume that in large part of the purchases you want to make you must haggle.

And if you don't, assume that they will be charging you, at least, twice what they expected to charge you.

Souks of Marrakech in Morocco

So, for example, during your Marrakech visit You have to haggle in a large part of the shops, but also with the taxi drivers or the drivers of the carriages.

Obviously it does not haggle in all places, such as in restaurants or in certain types of establishments, but where you must always haggle, always, always is in the souks.

Even if you don't like it too much shoppingI assure you that in a city as touristy asMarrakech you will spend many hours in the souks and, in addition, you will not be able to stop being tempted to buy some souvenirs or some gifts.

How to haggle in Morocco

To help you make these purchases, I'll give you next 6 useful tips for haggling in Morocco, which are perfectly applicable to your visit to the Marrakech souks.

Souks of Marrakech in Morocco

Bargaining ability

It is imperative that bargain Do not bother you especially.

If you go with your partner or with friends, it is convenient that you previously agree who is the person who is going to haggle, that is, to negotiate the final price of a purchase.

The one with the greatest «ability«, And even« enjoyment », is the one who must face the inevitable negotiation process.

Know the real market price

To bargainIn the first place it is essential to have a perspective of what the "market price" of the products you want to buy.

Souks of Marrakech in Morocco

And the only way to get to know it is to ask for prices in different places.

For this you have to take into account that Souks of Marrakech They have a large extension and you will find many stores where you can buy what you want.

Therefore, it is advisable on your first visit to the souks that you walk through the stores with no real intention of buying, but asking for prices.

Yes, I know, in every store you ask, they will "beat up»Trying to sell you something, but you have to be blunt and not enter into conversation: I remind you that you are doing only one«market prospecting«.

If you don't do it that way, and you start haggling at the first store you find, you can't really get the right price.

Not only because you may buy much more expensive, but you can even despise real bargains waiting to find a better price… which will not appear later.

Souks of Marrakech in Morocco

What is the reference price?

This will be completed «market prospecting»When you are already clear about what is, more or less, the price that they ask for for a given product.

Now, before trying to buy and start bargain, you have to take into account what that product would cost you in your city of residence.

In most cases there are no references, as they are handmade or typical products of Morocco.

TOURS and EXCURSIONS in MARRAKECH

- Tours and guided tours in Marrakech
- 3-day excursion to Merzouga desert
- 2-day Zagora desert excursion
- Quad tour and camel ride
- Excursion to the waterfalls of Ouzoud
- Excursion to Essaouira
- Dinner and Show at Casa Alí

But it is essential to do this exercise is not going to be that, in the end, you can get to pay more to buy it in Marrakech ...

Souks of Marrakech in Morocco

Maximum price to pay

And likewise, before putting on bargain, you have to anticipate the maximum price you are willing to pay for a particular product.

What price to offer when haggling

As a general rule, you will initially be asked for more than double the price that the seller is really willing to accept.

And from here, you start the bargaining offering at most a third of the price they ask for.

Souks of Marrakech in Morocco

During the many long negotiations you have to slowly approach the price you are really willing to pay, which should not be more than half of what you were initially asked.

Finally, when you are already close to the price you are going to accept, think for a moment what is the amount in euros that will really cost you ... it will possibly be an amount for which it will not be worthwhile to continue "arguing."

Do not abuse the seller

Haggle in Marrakech or in any other city of Morocco does not imply "squeeze" or take advantage of the seller.

It is a mixed process of negotiation and play, and you always have to do it with the best tone and respecting the seller.

Moreover, we must bargain with good humor, and in many cases, after a good negotiation, that is, after that "game", the seller and you will end up really satisfied and shake hands.

Enjoy the bargaining in the souks!

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