Shopping is an art form in Morocco – well, actually it’s more accurate to say that haggling is the art form. And whether you want to spice up your kitchen with North African flavours or buy a carpet to add some Moroccan style to your home – the price must be negotiated. For people who are accustomed to walking into a store and seeing clearly displayed fixed prices – this can get a bit stressful at times.
Shop owners tend to set their initial price ridiculously high. So don’t panic, this is all part of the game. Make a counter-offer that is no more than half of that amount. The aim is to remain consistent, because bargaining ambitiously is an integral part of Moroccan culture and is expected. Don’t be discouraged by the dealer’s theatrical dismay about your own price proposal – stay stubborn and try to get your price, because that’s also part of the game!