View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Monday, November 24, 2008

Arab Style Bartering Takes on in England Due to Financial Crisis

Guardian reporter Tania Gold (pictured) has only bartered once before and that was in an Arab market because she was told the sellers would be insulted if you paid the label price.

Now she is discovering that the financial recession in England means that you don’t have to pay the full price on goods and services. It is said: you can haggle.

Read about a day in the life of the British reporter who haggles for a packet of nuts, the Guardian newspaper, a Marlon Brando T shirt, a book and a host of other goods and how she tries to overcome her cultural shame about beating down the price.

Link: Tanya Gold on the Art of Haggling, The Guardian, 24 November 2008.

Plus at the same link: ‘Six Ways to Haggle and Keep Your Own Dignity.’

More on Haggling or Bartering in the UAE:

Why Markets are Hard to Beat in the UAE, ETE.

Do you barter for goods and services in the shops of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Fujairah or wherever you live?

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: Guardian reporter Tania Gould tries haggling while shopping at Borough Market, London. (Photograph courtesy of Teri Pengilley at the Guardian)