Young retailer

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 :: 10:34 pm

In Peru, you can almost bargain your way to a lower price at any retail store. In fact it is almost a given – otherwise expect to pay more than double the price you would’ve needed to.
In Ollantaytambo when we got into a store selling Alpaca sweaters and scarfs, we had half expected to work out a deal with the head of the household, or at least an adult. Wrong. The girl that was pulling out all the clothing and had the final say in price was a girl no more than 12 years old, and her parent was nowhere to be seen. They definitely start them young around here.

When we were in Cusco, we saw small children selling touques and hats and small merchandise on the streets and around the square. The local guides explained that tourists shouldn’t buy or bargain with these kids because it encourages the parents from getting more and more kids to start working at a younger age (generally, kids are cuter, so they might have more success). Agreeably so.

Cocoa beans from Peru is famous. Below, it’s sold in multiple forms at the Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco.

Cocoa Bean stand Cusco

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