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March 25, 2014


Having just returned from Marrakech in Morocco I like to think that I’ve become quite capable at the old haggle. I’ve always thought I’m pretty good at this but even then I can’t hold a match to my other half who is the haggle queen, never knowingly over sold.


Haggling is a way of life in many parts of the world but its definitely not in the UK. If those in the know are to be believed, we Brits are not very accomplished in this field and its one of the few foreign exports that we haven’t either stolen as our own or excelled in. It probably has something to do with our repressed upbringings and our abject dislike for personal conflict.   


There are many components of the haggle and although there are some basic rules, its for the buyer to second guess what sort of technique might work best for the particular seller. Each seller has a different haggle threshold and knowing what they’re actually saying between the bids is key to getting a deal  agreeable to you both.


There are so many lessons from the souk that we can transfer to our western business practices and I’m  sure there are a number of books that have done this. If not, watch this space as I may have one  ghostwritten.  However, if there is only one thing that I take out from my recent souk experience it is that if both parties want an exchange to happen it will and the final agreed price is only a part of the deal.

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