One of the first things to remember is to only pay serious attention to an item if you are going to buy something. As a tourist, if you are just going for a casual stroll, you will notice many roadside sellers offering watches, perfumes, sunglasses etc by the score. My advice here is buyer beware, and aware that you are not going to get shop quality items at a bargain price on the street! The old adage ”you get what you pay for'” is very true. On my very first trip to Bali in the late 1990’s, I was warned not to buy perfume on the street, no matter how authentic looking the packaging is to my usual brand. So if you stop to look, it will be assumed you are interested in buying, and these sellers (most are on commission) can be quite persistent. If you stop to chat, it signals your willingness to negotiate an item. Your silence indicates you have no interest at all, however, a polite ”no thank you” can be misconstrued as ”I want a better price”‘. https://rupiah138.xn--6frz82g/
In the shops you usually don’t get hassled, however, there is most often a set price for the item, or a set discount. Always ask if they will negotiate, or give you better price, and they will let you know. Shopping on the street, in the markets, and in some of the smaller shops you will be able to barter for your best price. The Balinese people love to negotiate prices, and they are very superstitious e.g. if you purchase early in the morning from a market, you may notice the stall/shop owner pass your cash over the items/clothes for ”good luck from first customer of the day”.
Shops and boutiques have lots of textiles, surf wear and leather goods at substantial price savings compared to home in Australia. A leather jacket or a tailored suit can be expertly and hand made within a couple of days. Another good buy is the Balinese lace – there are a chain of these beautiful stores all over Bali – it is locally owned by a Balinese woman and all items are locally made. These delicate and unique lace garments are quite expensive outside of Bali.
Another market or road stall purchase are the beautiful hand crocheted lace tablecloths – they are stunning and this is a family craft handed down by generations, as are many other handicraft skills of the Balinese people. Remember also, the exchange rate conversion from Rupiah to Australian Dollars and don’t spend ages in the heat squabbling over small amounts (it’s easy to do). If you think it’s a fair price, then pay it. Tourism is now the biggest industry on Bali and these people work very hard for their earnings.
If you are spending a day touring the island’s popular tourist spots visiting Ubud, temples, beaches etc, you will pass many small stalls of local people selling their wares. For example, in Ubud, there are different areas that specialise in different crafts that are family-generation taught – e.g. wood carving, stone carving, painting, batik garments etc. If your item is too large for your case, most places can arrange shipping for you. Just remember to have fun and take a half empty suitcase with you – rest assured it will be full on your return journey home.