Proclaimer: The markets referred to in the article are fake markets where fake products are traded with much efforts of the bargaining involved. This type of the markets are usually designed exclusively for foreigners
"Compare prices in three shops before any decision" cited as a Chinese saying:
- Don't stick to anything you are interested
- Don't hesitate to leave if you are not happy with the price as there are many similar or the same products you can find in other shops
- The much better price is available when you are leaving and being called back
- Offer back with very low price (10-20% of the proposed starting price or so) so that you have proper excuse to leave, and adjust your price up in the second or the third shop, which actually means you get closer and closer to the possible best price.
See through gimmicks and frauds:
Vendors in the fake market are not serious salespersons. They go for foreigners and suppose they could take advantage by all means. You get fleeced if you are not into it, or you get nice-looking sleazy-in-nature stuff even you know you are good bargainer. Sellers know their business always better than buyers. So be realistic, it's better just to buy crafts, souvenirs and goods that could be expected to be cheap, while not be so serious to purchase anything of brands that they claim as high quality or 99% imitated or so. In a nutshell, people there are never serious, and fake market is like what it indicates. If you are serious, you lose.
Although you get way higher starting price in those markets, you could actually get a good deal as much as a local does, or even better as I know often. For more instructions about how much you should fairly pay for fake products, you may refer to this article: Consolidated List of What You Should Pay for Fake Products.