Hey guys are u allowed to bargain in stores in Ximending or Zhongxiao Dunhua area???
i know in China you can slash prices drastically (like if they open a price of 1,000 u can probably get the item for 250)
how about in taipei
In short, yes.
But, it can be harder to bargain for these types of brands. 20%-25% off is a good starting place to go from. Also, one of the store owners I Talked to said that for the Taiwan brands (Remix,Revelator) that they are not supposed to undercut the retail price because its mandated by the company itself? I'm not sure on the details of this, but it sounds reasonable since if the resellers of say Remix start undercutting 1100NT for their t-shirts (which is the reg price), then the actual Remix stores would not be getting as much business. Even then, my friend and I were able to bargain some off of some Remix stuff, but not much, at most just 100NT.
BTW, It can help if they know you are a foreigner (just visiting), they might be more willing to discount the price if you know you are just going to be shopping once, and not a frequent buyer coming back to want that lower price. Just as a reference, this summer when I was in Taiwan- I did bargain on everything pretty much, and did save some money whether it was just 50NT all the way to 400NT.