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Doing Business in India For Dummies® by Ranjini Manian

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Shop for Bargains

India is full of bargains for foreign visitors, and the whole country is a shopaholic’s dream come true. Shopping is perfectly safe and can be very fun.

The fun comes when you start to bargain. It’s common to bargain for a better price while shopping in India, but you have to know where you can bargain and where you can’t. Usually Kashimiri shops selling carpets and boutiques in the shopping arcade of five star hotels where tourists shop, are always open to discounts. As a rule, government-run stores and upscale boutiques have fixed prices. If you want to try and bargain at these sites, you may need to ask an Indian friend for help so you can be guided on whether to and how much to bargain. The shopkeepers may also give you a better deal if you’re shopping with an Indian. In some tourist stores (the locals can point them out to you) you can ask for a discount, and after it’s given, ask for some more. A rule of thumb is to ask for about a quarter of the price off.

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