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How To Negotiate, When You Don't Know How To Negotiate

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How To Negotiate, When You Don't Know How To Negotiate

Simple. Know the price a local would pay, then insist on it.

Example: I needed to buy some Baby Alpaca scarves for a friend. After visiting several shops, the lowest price was S/.60 per scarf ($20), but they didn't have the colors I wanted.

Another shop did, but they wanted S/.80. So, I took the scarves I wanted up to the register, pulled out S/.60 per scarf, and made it clear that was all I would pay. They quickly agreed, and we both walked away happy.

They even closed up the shop and walked me several blocks to the central market to buy a cardboard shipping box for $0.25 so I could send the scarves to my friend in the U.S.

Now, I take the time to learn what a local would pay for every product or service, offer only that amount, and assume it is acceptable. I rarely get disappointed.

Enjoy!

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And you think its a great idea to take advantage of the disgrace these people are going through ?

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Negotiation is expected and appreciated

by Peruanos

if done with respect.

Your formula however far too simplistic

and does not take in quality differences.

Perhaps a bit more travel experience

prior to multiple same day posts

might be wise. ..

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4. Re: How To Negotiate, When You Don't Know How To Negotiate

We're headed there in a couple of months. I'm planning on getting some alpaca sweaters and scarves for family so looking for decent quality stuff. Can you give some general ideas of what a good quality sweater or scarf might cost? Thanks.

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I don't know about the price of sweaters, as I was only buying scarves. The baby alpaca scarves were S/60 each and the adult alpaca are S/15 each when paying cash. A good brand name for baby alpaca is "Tumi" and it has a label stating that it is 100% baby alpaca.

I bought mine in the Los Claustros de la Compania shopping plazas (1/2 block from the Plaza de Armas). The lowest prices were in the stores in the 2nd plaza within the Claustros.

Hope this helps.

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Note that 'baby alpaca' is not the opposite of 'adult alpaca' -- baby alpaca means the fur comes from the neck, where it's softest. There are various tricks you can use to tell if something is really alpaca, but unfortunately most involve setting the object in question on fire and seeing how it burns, which kind of defeats the purpose in my opinion. The fancier designer stores are mostly trustworthy, whereas anything you get at a deep discount from a souvenir stall is likely to be made with acrylic fiber.

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