of Course, it is to know the strategies of the traders, finally, it is literate, Yes, and well traveled. “Hello my friend, special price for you. Summer sale.” In the old town of Tunis, the merchants are set to German tourists, though always less. “Where are you from? Where do You come from? Добрый день!” The traders in the market are slit ears and linguistically meanwhile, Russia moved on. But the common Tourist with guidebook in Hand, of course, an unbeatable counter-weapon against this Rascal: Accept the invitation to tea! You can make as a counter-offer a third of the asking price! To threaten you, to go!

Anywhere you find in the travel guides and on the net, in the meantime, the Basics for the Bazaar. Also very important: Let the Haggling, because the local dealer would otherwise be offended.

The German in itself is not fond of

Sorry, I think to myself, if I get the artisan or the hairdresser’s again the “special price” and pay considerably more as the Lord ahead of me. I am also offended. Because with a sporty-cultural Haggling that has to do then is often nothing more, but all alone in the phenotypic backgrounds. I am not one of these. Very perfidious, too: “number just what are you…”, because the appeals to the generosity of the donor.

Simon Kremer: A little Lost in the middle East

Simon Kremer explored the forests of the homeland of mad, and later the deserts of the Arab world. Has retained his naivety until today, and had played, therefore, almost time for the Syrian military team football. It is, therefore, also changes in the Arab robe through the Saxon Switzerland ran. Shortly after that Pegida was founded. Now lives with his wife and daughter in Tunisia and travels as a Journalist through the Middle East. Had to find on the football field and in the delivery room, that you can quickly feel very foreign.

The German in itself is not. He has learned it never will. For nearly 70 years, Germany finally, the discount law. After that, customers were allowed a maximum of three per cent, discount. This should also ensure the equal treatment of the customers. And behind it is a very German idea: I don’t want my neighbor gets a better price than me!

The purchase of the understanding here in the Arab world is a fundamentally different: Everyone is responsible for himself, the Best for yourself out. In Germany, we tend to trust that the seller has already thought of something when setting the price. And if it is just a high gain. It is also a basic feeling is, but I don’t want to be ripped off!

The audacity of the seller makes you angry

And hey, this has nothing to do with the fact that I could not haggle. I’ve made it at least times, a hand-painted picture, the wanted to me the seller is selling for nearly 60 Euro and that was the “special price” because: a American this obvious tourists, You know, my friend – he sold a similar image the other day for 150 Euro – in any case, I bought this instead of the “for me” the required 60 Euro at the end for seven – with a very personal tactic, which is not in any manual and I would tell also but the costs stop. How much do you want to give for it?

environmental protection

man running 300 kilometers, and collects on every beach on his trip waste

But there, too, mixed up afterwards in the feeling of absolute triumph – in the case, have the guide, unfortunately, is actually right – there is also a certain level of anger, whether the audacity of the seller. I followed the tips to the tour guide, I would have paid at the end of determined still 45 euros.

And there it goes again, respect. With me in my Tunisian quarter, I have to negotiate now only rarely. My haircut costs three euros as at the neighbors (and looks), my tea in the Café on the corner a few cents. It has something to do, which is why in the Bazaar every tactic helps nothing.

Where applicable, the respect for the dealer. From many some of the seller’s price are annoyed, so that at their stores, a large sign says: “party!” Or just tactics?

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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