How to bargain in Brazil – and how does tipping work in the country?

Another two great articles written by The Brazil Business describes the cultural of doing business in Brazil.

The first talks about how to bargain in Brazil, and breaks it down into several parts of the bargaining experience.

The article mentions, “Brazilian economists advise that the consumer should always try to bargain without being ashamed. The store will only give a discount if you ask for one. So, do not be afraid of asking for a discount in Brazil but don’t forget to always be humble and friendly when trying to convince the seller. Also, pay attention to the prices, because sometimes people may take advantage of foreigners and charge a higher price, especially if there is not a price list.”

The breakdown includes useful information on: Tips on how to bargain, Where to bargain, Retail and other shops, Transportation and parking, Street Seller, Bargaining on Services

The last message points out that “The secret to bargaining in Brazil is not being afraid to ask, even if you are not really sure if the price is too high or if it is fair enough, take a chance and try.”

To read the entire article, click here.

And what about Service Fee and Tipping in Brazil?

Some highlights from this article:

“The taxa de serviço, which is Portuguese for service fee, may be charged on waiter services in bars and restaurants.  This fee can also be charged on services in hotels and car rentals. Even though the most common rate for the service fee is 10% of the total price – be it a restaurant bill or a hotel daily rate – there are some places where it can reach up to 15% or even 20%, especially in upmarket restaurants.”

“Although it is present on the bill and may appear to be mandatory, customers are not obligated to pay this service fee. It must be made clear to the consumer that its payment is entirely optional and that the collection of this fee must be stated on the bill.”

“As with everywhere around the world, tips are not mandatory in Brazil. In fact, Brazilians tend not to give tips for services rendered. This is because most of them see the service fee as the actual tip and pay it accordingly. The only exception for this is when the service rendered was especially bad and the customer is unhappy with it.”

To read the entire article, click here.

Occasio team


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