Overseas bargaining advice
“Pose specific questions about the item you want to buy: Is it signed?
Dated? How does the dealer know it’s authentic? If the answers are
vague, the price may tumble. In a place where you don’t speak the
language, make sure you have paper and a pen with you, so you can write
down what you’d like to pay and the dealer can scrawl his or her
counteroffer. And remember, no matter where you are in the world, the
rules remain the same: If you say, ‘Can you do a little better?’ and you
don’t like what you hear, you can still walk away, but if you make a
specific offer and it’s accepted, you are honorbound to pay up.” —T+L
contributing editor and shopping guru Lynn Yaeger.