How can I go on a holiday especially to Nepal and not have a post on shopping, so here I am writing about my experience and showing off things I got in Nepal.
Firstly, I have to say that shopping is Nepal is not at all cheap like it used to be 10 years ago. Every time I go back, the price seems to have doubled but the quality seems to have gone down at the same time.
During most of the shopping I went with someone who lived there and I am so glad I did. Otherwise I would have paid almost double for everything as I am not so good at bargaining. Here is a simple example of bargaining in Nepal.
Customer: Looking at the Rs 3000 price tag, how much can I get it for?
Shopkeeper: There is 20% discount now, so it will be Rs 2400.
Customer: Rs 2400 is too expensive for this shoe. I know it can be better. What about Rs1500.
Shopkeeper: Really sorry but Rs 1500 is too low. Since you like it so much I will give you a further discount. Ok it is Rs2200 just for you, I have never sold it in that price for anyone else. (Of course not telling the truth)
Customer: Come on I am not asking for too much discount, OK since I like it I will give you a few hundred more.
Shopkeeper: Sorry, I can’t do that price. OK my last best price is Rs 2000.
Customer: Come on dai (brother), I am sure you can do better.
Shopkeeper: The price is already cheap. Look at the quality and the stuff.
Customer: Ok, my last price Rs 1800. I don’t have more than that.
Shopkeeper: Ok only for you am I agreeing at this price. I promise you will never find this price anywhere else. Please do come again and shop here.
It was like you needed to have patience to bargain otherwise you’d end up paying higher price for everything. I am glad to say that I have learn the skill after a few shopping trips I still always questioned myself when the shopkeeper gave an item easily at the price I wanted :). I guess unless I live in Nepal for long time I will not master the skill.
Despite all this and the fact that I was so busy, I still managed to buy a few things for myself. Of course, that list included shoes. 🙂 🙂 🙂
I am addictive to shoes and to everyone who reads my blog regularly it should come as no surprise. AS has made me promise that I will throw out old pairs of shoes when I come back if I was going to buy so many pairs in Nepal and I agreed.
I think there are only a few shops in Kathmandu selling good quality shoes and I am lucky to have found some such shops this time. I was actually looking for winter shoes when I was there but as it was the end of winter there, It was hard for me to find what I was looking for. I still managed to buy some boots, not exactly what I looking for but close enough to spend my money on. I also bought a few high heels, wedges, flats and scandals.
Here is the entire collection from this trip. Now I have to make room for them in my shoe rack. I’m just waiting for an opportunity to wear them soon.
Apart from shoes, I really didn’t buy anything else for myself. I got a few saris from my MIL and mum so I didn’t have to spend any money on them. In addition, I have so many saris here that I decided it will be wise this time to invest my money on things I need for home.
Thus we spent lots buying carpets, decorative handicrafts and a painting. I am so happy with the end result.
Like every time, AS didn’t buy much either as he prefers cloths from here. Moreover, according to him I have converted him to be like me that he has too many jackets, pants, t-shirts and shoes that he doesn’t have to worry for a few years.
Hope you liked my new shoes collection. Till next post, take care.
M from nepaliaustralian
i love your shoe collection…
Thank you Dixya 🙂
I know very well. Whenever I enter a business in nepal once increases the price, since I’m foreigner. the shopkeeper, of course, do not know that I know nepal and his flying units. I have for the time being in herien me smile. when I begin to speak nepali falls the award only once many times and we can negotiate.:)
I can definitely understand your situation. I have seen it many many times that when a shopkeeper trying to charge tourist he inflated price for the same item. But it might make you feel better that they do the same with me as well 🙂