x0x When shopping Istanbul, you'll meet the masters of an ancient art
When shopping Istanbul, you'll meet the masters of an ancient art
By Josh Noel, Tribune Newspapers
(Josh Noel, / May 25, 2012)
6:59 p.m. CDT, May 29, 2012ISTANBUL, Turkey — The first rule of shopping in the centuries-old markets of Istanbul is this: The asking price is merely a suggestion. In fact, it's barely a suggestion. A price is equivalent to a declaration that a merchant is open for business. But you will not pay that number, and he — it is always a he — does not expect you to.
The second rule is to walk away, because the mere act of turning is the most effective method of chipping away at that price. Merchants expect you to walk away, and if you don't, they probably pity you. For instance, a colorful brass lamp on sale for 30 Turkish lira, or about 16 U.S. dollars, becomes 25 lira, then 20 lira and then 15 lira before you retreat five steps. When you truly have no interest in the lamp, you begin feeling guilty for having ever entertained the thought of buying it.
The third rule — and this is the most essential, maddening and amusing rule — is that you're never done negotiating. You might think you are done; you might think you have won. You're not done, and you haven't won.
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