We all love a bargain — I know I do and most of my friends do too. Often times we buy something even when we really don’t need it —-because it is just such a bargain!!
When on vacation in a developing country we often feel that the people selling handcrafts want us to haggle with them over the price and we feel justified in offering our bottom dollar.
Try to figure out for yourself an approximation of the hours it took to produce the weaving or the handcraft and determine what a fair wage is per hour– a fair wage in the context of wages in the local area. Then decide if you really want to haggle and ask the artisan to reduce their price based on the number of labor hours and the asking price.
When we purchase from the actual crafts person that made the gift rather than from a market where a middleman is selling the handcraft then the artisan receives much more of the profits.
Let’s all stop and think and remember –the reason for such a low price is that the producer or maker of the product is receiving a low wage. Perhaps paying another few dollars won’t hurt us as much as it will hurt the artisan who made it.