seems there is a great market on Sundays in El Valle de Anton...just wondering if bartering is an acceptable practice to Panamanian vendors...
The goods there are very reasonable priced. Do you speak Spanish?
If so, you can try to haggle.
In any of the markets, such as the artisan shops in Panama and the market in El Valle, bargaining is always acceptable. It used to be expected by the vendors. But, then gringo tourists changed that somewhat by just paying whatever the sticker said. The vendors realized that the gringos would pay anything and stopped bartering. This is especially true of the Kuna women and their molas. However, when you're buying more than one item, you can almost always barter for a discount.
Just don't do like my ex, many years ago. Our Panamanian friend told her to barter on the price of a small, pottery statuette at the El Valle market. She asked the vendor, "How much?" He told her, "Una." She replied, "No. Dos." She got her price.
your story is hilarious! I find bartering is kind of fun as long as you know when to make a deal. I always try and figure out what I would pay for soemthing if I saw it at home and then I go from there.
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