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I like a good deal as much as the next person and I’ve tested my bargaining skills against some of the best hagglers in the world: the merchants in the souk of Marrakech, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and the street markets of Hong Kong. Truth be told, though, I often savor the experience long after I’ve grown tired of the embroidered blouse or Prada purse knockoff. Striking a deal, it turns out, is a great way to meet local people on their own turf and engage in a bit of good-natured give and take. These savvy sparring opponents have taught me a thing or two over the years. Here are a few tips.