Travel tip #8: Haggling over prices

Wooden skeletons, haggling over prices

Haggling over prices in Guatemala is normal. Most merchants in open street markets, kiosks and even in shops expect some haggling or bargaining. A good rule of thumb is to ask for a price, offer about half of that, gauge the merchant's reaction and go from there.

It can be seen as rude to check with every nearby merchant for prices on similar goods and play merchants off of each other's offers.

Taxi prices are also negotiable, although generally not as flexible as prices for market goods. Colectivo prices (shared buses or boats on a regular schedule) are non-negotiable.

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