Bali Shopping Fun
It is said that shopping is a serious hobby, might be. To some, shopping sometime is
considered a way to alleviate stress or just a fun. In fact shopping is everyone’s need,
but Bali is a place where one can examine or to practice one’s personal bargaining
skills. Unless the product is price-tagged, bargaining is the “habit or the tradition”.
Bali is a shopper’s paradise. Hundreds of boutiques and roadside stalls have been set
up all over the island, and thousands of artisans, craftspeople, seamstresses,
woodcarvers, painters, etc are kept busy supplying the tourist demand. Sometimes
swarms of vendors crowd the beaches and streets offering you T-Shirts, sarong,
necklaces, friendship bracelets, drinks and watches.
Go out from your hotel and then stroll along the road which is lined by myriads of shops
and kiosks, soon the taxi drivers, shopkeepers and the restaurant’s staffs wave their
hands and say the common word “kemana” means where are you going?, have a look.
Sometimes they want to shake hand and take you into his shop. Smile and say hello to
them, keep walking, but if you see something that you are looking for stop and enter,
ask the price.
Try not to accept the first price that you are given, as most vendors add on anything
between 30%-50% extra. Bargain or go to other shops. The most common word said by
the Balinese vendor is “bangkrut” means bankrupt, if the price you make is thought to
low. Usually if the vendor cease to smile, it’s mean you got the price. If you spent good
enough money in one shop, try to ask him/her a souvenir, he/she will be very glad to
offer you one for free.
You’ll get more for your money, if you are prepared to spend time and smile whilst
bargaining. Although tempting, try not to make any major purchases for the first few
days. Look around, take your time, bargain hard and then buy….and so to shopping. A
fun isn’t it? Where and what to buy is the next step.
The variety is literally endless. Most of the handicrafts and painti