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    Consistent opinion - jewelry / watches = yes . . . everything else = no. This is actually a good thing . . . the Arubans know their worth / value and I fully respect them for it. If you want deep discount deals that soak the locals . . . go to Mexico :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmattalo View Post
    ...If you want deep discount deals that soak the locals . . . go to Mexico :-)

    Do you really think the locals will allow themselves to be soaked? The Arubans I've seen are willing to negotiate but will simply say 'no' when you've pushed too far.

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    not really

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    Haggling

    I'm SO glad I don't have to worry about this in Aruba. I HATE it! I've learned to do it travelling to other countries, but I find it exhausting and painful. Unless one knows what the retailer paid, I never know if I'm being fair or not. I always feel badly for the retailer. lol

    God Bless,
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    I never haggle in Aruba

    I've never tried to haggle in Aruba. If we can afford this beautiful vacation we can afford to pay the prices these hardworking people are charging. Just the way I feel I am not trying to offend anyone.

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    Have always believed that everyone is entitled to a reasonable profit.....
    keyword = reasonable!

    With that said, I have negotiated discounts on jewelry.... asked for reasonable discounts that don't offend anyone.

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    No one should be insulted by your asking for a discount. Make a reasonable offer. They will either counter or refuse it. No harm done.

    I have negotiated price with all kinds of vendors from high end jewelers to flea market vendors. They always seem to be happy to see me when I come back.

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    At Aruban flee markets the vendor will often lower the price if you start to walk away. It happens to me all the time even when I don't want an item. If I want an item I will ask for a lower price, and then accept their counter. If no counter I say sorry, no problem, and either walk away or pay full price.

    Last november I asked for a discount on two higher end toy cars for my son. I was in the high rise area, I asked for a few bucks off the merchant said yes, and applied a 10% off coupon to my order (this was more than I asked for).

    To me, its business, I may or may not ask for a discount.

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