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When traveling, we’d always love to avail the greatest deals possible, right? Here's our tips for shopping in Israel.

5 Tips for Shopping in Israel

When traveling, we’d always love to avail the greatest deals possible, right? There are same items in different stores but at different prices. And we want to go for the cheapest one possible. Well good for you, as we will give you shopping tips in Israel to score great finds at great prices.

Enjoy the availability of haggling.

In Israel, people are considerate with adjusting the prices of their goods, so haggling won’t be as hard as it is elsewhere. However, make sure to have the intention of really buying it to extend the courtesy that they had given to you when you were proposing your price. Do not even propose to haggle if you can’t buy it at its intended price. Be certain on making a purchase before haggling because even though it’s part of the social process, it affects how they will treat those that will come after you.

Explore online shopping deals.

If you prefer shopping online, you can do that in Israel, too. However, it’s best to do your research as well. With thousands of online vendors, some may sell the same item for higher or cheaper prices. 

Fortunately, there are sites like Ybay1 that can help you find some of the best deals on the market. With this “trick” up your sleeve, you’ll be able to save more money on your purchases.

Explore the area.

If you are planning to stay longer, which means you came to the point of buying your own groceries, I suggest you explore the area. The grocery stores inside malls have more expensive goods than in the local public market, so I suggest you go around. For instance, the Carmel Market is a local food market that is a good source of inexpensive, fresh goods. Buy your goods there instead of inside the malls because, for one, it helps you save more and spend less. And two, it is a way of supporting the locals.

Eat at the restaurants on the sidewalks.

Going around Israel is a good thing in terms of getting to know the place better. Furthermore, it is also a good thing if you are looking for much cheaper options for food. The restaurants that you find on the sidewalks in Israel offer food at cheaper prices because they source their supplies in the local market that sells meats and other goods at lower prices as well. You can also eat along the market as there are restaurants with inexpensive cuisines as their supplies are directly from the market per se.

Shop at the Nachalat Binyamin Craft Fair.

For souvenirs, we highly suggest you go to this area as they offer various craft pieces you can choose from to bring home. Aside from that, they have beautiful paintings you’d want to decorate your living room with. Most of their items are at affordable prices on their own and are available for haggling, so what more could you even ask for?

Stroll around the Jaffa Flea Market.

This is the perfect place for you when you are looking for unique pieces to bring home. They sell antique items and secondhand items at affordable prices, open for haggling. What it looks like may be overwhelming and might shoo you away, but once you go around the area, you can find great pieces to add in your home.

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