When visiting Mardin, one should not miss the oriental markets. The old town in the Southeast Anatolia region of Türkiye with more than 180,000 inhabitants attracts tourists not only with its fascinating culture and numerous historical sights such as the Safaran Monastery, the Zinciriye Medresesi, the Mardin Castle and Kasimiye Madrasa, but also as a shopping destination with hand-made Products, delicious food, high quality and reasonable prices. Visiting the oriental markets and bargaining for better prices should be one of the most important activities during a trip there.
Bargaining in the oriental markets
Price negotiations are a ritual in the oriental market if you want to shop there. A negotiation usually begins with the question of the price. However, you have to think carefully about the price question, because it can be the beginning of an hour-long discussion. If there is no interest in buying, it is better not to ask the price question. However, if you’re interested in buying, don’t let it show. Always remain friendly and calm, and make the clerk feel like you can leave at any time. Values between 10 and 30% are good starting points to reckon with when bargaining down the price.