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 :-)
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
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.
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.