Rocket Spanish will give you some tips on how to get the best deal Latin-style, and by the end of the lesson you’ll also know some handy Spanish vocabulary for your next shopping trip.
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Read on for the Spanish translation of bargaining and more!
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Regatear el precio
Bargain over a price
To drive a hard bargain
Once you see an item you want, you should have an idea of how much you want to pay for it. Then ask for the price…
¿Cuánto cuesta está? / ¿Cuánto es?
How much is it?
How much does it cost?
If the price is higher than what you had in mind, then it’s decision time. Option one: you can walk away… Or option two: it’s time to bargain!
Let’s suppose you take option two--first spend some time with the article in your hand, and have a little chit chat with the salesperson, then an easy bargaining response is to reply…
Usted cobra demasiado, lo siento.
You charge too much, I'm sorry.
Or you can ask this next question…
¿Es el precio más bajo?
Is this your lowest price?
Other essential phrases to use when regateando,"bargaining,” in a Spanish-speaking country are the following:
Deme el mejor precio y lo compro.
Give me the best price and I'll buy it.
No es aceptable.
Not good enough.
That's too much.
El precio es demasiado alto.
The price is too high.
And here are some more ambitious phrases…a little longer, but sometimes you need to pull all the tricks out when you’re bargaining. Telling the vendor, “Hey somebody up the road offered it to me cheaper, so if you can match the price, I’ll buy it from you” will most likely get you a good price.
Puedo conseguir un precio más barato en otro lugar.
I can get a lower price at another place.
La tienda allá me lo ofreció por diez dólares.
The store over there offered it to me for 10 dollars.
Usually, by then, the vendor will lower the price, and you can go home happy!
A lesson on bargaining in Spanish is incomplete without a lesson on shopping in Spanish!
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