Unless you're serious about shopping, don't engage Antigua street vendors

Posted by Fodor's Editors on July 13, 2011 at 1:00:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment
Antigua's streets are full of women and children peddling their wares, but only converse with them if you're serious about buying. The vendors get aggressive, and will follow you around in the hope that you'll break down and buy something. If you're not interested, don't make eye contact and keep walking. See our Guatemala Travel Guide.

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  • JamaicaNoProblem on Jul 30, 11 at 06:54 AM

    How would you like to be treated if you were a street vendor? As though you are a piece of dirt, or with respect?

    In my experience higglers, or street vendors, in the Caribbean and elsewhere, get aggressive WHEN you treat them in the above manner.

    Look them in the eye, smile at them, treat them with respect and as an equal, say a firm "No thank you".

    I have dealt with these people all my life in Jamaica and elsewhere. I have always gotten back the respect I have given them.
    Most of them are honest good people. They are the salt of the earth.

    See Jamaica-No-Problem.com