#Shopping in #India can take be an intense and combative experience, sometimes taking on the air of a minor martial art!. Haggling for a good price is normal and expected unlike in most western countries.
The standard approach is to offer half the asking price then commence the dance of wills and charm. Back and forth offers and counter offers can go on for a while and often it is necessary to leave the shop and insist you are not interested at the current price, normally this is rewarded by the shop owner chasing you down the street shouting 'Ok !Ok! My friend ! Your price ok! Take Take!'. You can find almost anything in the markets and narrow side streets of #Delhi and there are some real bargains to be had. Famous for its #textile shops and jewellery dealers, it is well worth shopping around to check average quality and prices before settling on what you want and how much you are willing to pay.
Always be aware that there are a lot of scams and fake goods on sale, but also know that out there are some really amazing things to find if you have the patience, especially in amongst the antique shops you can find buried deep in the narrow streets of the old city.
While it is always good to hunt for a bargain, try and remember that most people here are just trying to survive and often the amounts that are being haggled over are totally insignificant. I will often spend a good few minutes getting a price down only to tip the shop owner the difference anyway because I like them. It all part of the game! 💘🙏 Join the adventure!!