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Monday, September 10, 2012

Bargaining with the Beach Vendors in Salinas

Always negotiate when in Ecuador.  In this video Frank is negotiating with a beach vendor. Remember, Ecuadorians expect you to bargain with them, so don't be shy when they come around with their wares, or if in Cuenca when they are selling their produce and wares on the streets. Negotiate with them and try and get the price you think something is worth. Everywhere in Ecuador are numerous vendors that sell the same items. For example: Homemade scarves are sold every where and are really nice here. There may be 15 vendors in one area selling scarves. If you think one vendor is too high, move on and go to the next seller. Sooner or later you'll get the price you want.



  1. I don't mean to be disrespectful, but I really thought you were getting a deal for buying 3 masks for $10! Can you imagine the craftsmanship that went into making the three masks?

    I know the thing about bargaining, but I also know that these Ecuadorians are trying to sustain a basic living. Do you have any idea of what those masks would cost in a regular Ecuadorian gift shop?

    Thanks for sharing your experiences AND your frugalness...

  2. We certainly got a deal. Thanks for commenting...


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