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Holidays in Malaysia – How to Shop and Bargain in Malaysia

Malaysia is a shopping heaven due to its affordable goods, favorable exchange rate, sophisticated mega malls and frequent year end sales. Therefore, shopping is a must-do activity in Malaysia especially in big cities like Kuala Lumpur where mega malls and bazaar type shopping complexes are equally popular not only among the locals but also foreigners.

Learning how to shop and bargain in Malaysia is important so that you won’t be getting into an ugly situation where you get your money conned by unscrupulous traders. The following are some shopping and bargaining guidelines that are helpful for shopping not only at mega malls but also at wet market as well as the popular night market in Malaysia.

Shopping in mega malls in Malaysia is somewhat different from shopping at the local bazaar style shopping complexes. The prices of goods at shopping malls are usually fixed and the goods normally come with price tags. Therefore, you are not able to bargain for these goods that are fixed in terms of pricing. But the rule of thumb is to wait for the seasonal sales for the items.

If you can’t wait for the seasonal sales for the items, do inquire about the promotional sales offered by credit card vendors. Sometimes certain stores do offer discounts on items with the use of credit card from certain banks. If you are lucky enough, a 10% or even up to 30% of discount by credit card vendors is usually available.

Sometimes certain stores do offer discount if your purchase is above certain amount of money. Moreover, sometimes you can even get a steep discount on second item or third items. Therefore, do ask around if they offer such promotion.

When you shop at the bazaar style shopping malls like the Central Market, you can usually bargain for the goods. Even though there is a price tag on the items, the price is usually several times above the market price. The vendors expect you to haggle over the price and therefore the final cost of the items really depends on how good you are at bargaining with the vendors. Therefore, the rule of thumb to shopping in Malaysia is to always ask if you can get the items for cheaper price.

In addition, when you find something you like and the price is right, don’t get too carried away and rush to purchase the item. The reason is you might be able to find the exact same item at another shop down the street for a much lower price. Therefore, the general guideline is to always shop around first at a several stalls and see if they offer the exact same items. Sometimes you will be surprised as to how huge the price can differ at another store.

Finally, the best way to bargain is to offer the price that you are willing to pay for that particular item. You can simply tell the seller you’ll pay that much amount of money for the item. If the offer is too low, the vendor will most likely say no and counter a slightly higher offer. If you think that it’s not worth that much, simply reject and walk away. Some reasonable vendors do accept your proposed price but might slightly top it up with a few ringgits. If you feel comfortable with the price, you have got a deal!

In conclusion, the art of bargaining when shopping in Malaysia is not that difficult. It just requires some practices and skills. The more you do it, the better you will become at it.

How a Color and Style Image Consultant Can Help You

Are you in need of a change in your visual appearance? Well then a visit to a colour and style image consultant is what you need. If you are in a style rut and have become bored with the image you see in the mirror or you just hate going shopping because all you bring home are the same colours and styles in the same neutral no-brainer colour… black!

How do we get this way? How do we lose our way when it comes to dressing ourselves? Here are a few reasons:

  •  People tend to influence us in what they like to wear such as parent, partners and friends
  •  We do not understand the importance of styles when it comes to our body shape
  •  As we age the styles that once suited us no longer do and we struggle to decide on the choices we should be making
  • During our lives our body changes due to: childbirth, menopause, illness, old age, weight gain and weight loss.
  • With such busy lifestyles we have less time to shop for clothing.
  • Our financial position changes affecting what we can buy.

Fortunately these problems can be resolved simply and permanently.  You can achieve your true visual potential by simply employing the services of a color and style image consultant.

The power of the image that you create is incredible and many of us are unaware on how powerful it really is. The way in which you dress tells the world many things about yourself such as:

  • Your character 
  • Your level of self-esteem
  • Your level of self-awareness 
  •  Your attitudes  
  • Your social background  
  • Your financial position

By understanding what your clothes are saying about you and realizing you have control over the impression you are creating you will have made one of many significant insights. This in due course will assist you in accomplishing your personal goals.

When people care about the impression they make through their appearance they are seen to be more credible and capable. When we see a well groomed person we automatically perceive them to have a higher intelligence and motivation and a superior level of self-worth and self-assurance. Wow….and all this from just putting on an outfit!

People dress according to the way in which they feel about themselves and very rarely realize this. If there is a lack of self-assurance the clothes that you will dress in do not attract attention, where as a person who is confident will dress in a striking and self-edifying manner.

So by no means undervalue the value of great personal presentation. Right or wrong, when you look good you feel great.

How we present ourselves has such a profound effect on how we appear, feel and are seen by others, as and investment in yourself it is worth thinking about engaging the services of a Colour and Style consultant. Their objective and well trained eye will help you on your discovery to a new and even more wonderful you!