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Bargaining at Farmers Markets

Bargaining Your Way at the Farmers Market

I recently decided to take a quick look at a nearby farmers market without the intention of buying anything. It's been a while since I've checked it out, and I'm the type of person that loves browsing the supermarket and flipping through recipe books to look at food. I like to call it food window shopping.

While browsing, I chanced upon a German bakery stall and started drooling over this goat cheese and chorizo quiche. It was $4.25 and I didn't bring enough cash because I didn't think I was going to buy anything. I was honest with the seller and told him all I had in my wallet was $3 and we struck a deal.

Prices are set in supermarkets and you can't exactly start haggling with the Whole Foods salesperson, but it's definitely done in farmers markets. Would you bargain at a farmers market?

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suzieleung suzieleung 6 years
Follow up question: Has anyone ever tried bartering???
suzieleung suzieleung 6 years
Totally, I would! In China and Hong Kong, I would find myself haggling over stuff I didn't even want THAT much. It's totally an Asian culture thing, I think.
amber512 amber512 6 years
No, it makes me super uncomfortable. I hated traveling to Mexico where they all wanted to haggle with me. I kept thinking "Just tell me the price and I'll decide if I want it or not. If so, here is the money. If not, goodbye. End of transacton!" But that's the social phobia part of me talking!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I would, especially if it was at the end of the day and a lot of the vendors were ready to get packed up to leave.
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