Foreign Travelers – CON Alert!
A few months ago I was traveling through Kerala with my dad. We were at a juice shop, sipping on our juices after an exerting outing at the beach and some play in the waters. Just then, a group of people, who seemed like Spaniards from their language, appeared at the juice stall as well and ordered some juice. It was a bunch of some middle aged women and a couple of children.
The same juice glasses that my dad and I had been sold for Rs.15 a glass were offered to them at Rs.80 per glass. I found this really astonishing and a part of me wondered will all the tourists coming in from different parts of the world to India, how so many of them might be conned for even simple purchases like fruit juice.
I have heard various arguments trying to justify the instantaneous price hikes and these arguments mostly stem from the mentality that the visiting tourists are rich since they belong to western countries and a few Euro or cents here or there would not matter to them, it would only mean that a “poor” Indian juice seller gets to add a little extra to his income.
To the traveling visitors I would suggest that they do some research about the costs of day to day things that they may be purchasing in India. They could try and be more aware of the life-style costs so that they can know if and when they are being conned and by how much. If need be, they would then be in a position to either bargain or walk off from the deal. Walking through the streets of India without a semblance of an idea as to how much things cost, you might even end up being conned by a 6 year old kid.
To the people who have traveled here before – what are some of the strategies that you have used to prevent being quoted ridiculously high prices?
What would your tips be to someone who was traveling to India or South-East Asia?