In preparation for my trip, I found myself becoming increasingly anxious when thinking about perusing different shopping stalls. As opposed to grocery stores and shopping malls in the United States, the prices vary and can be easily adjusted with a little persistence.
A lot of times I find if I lead with confidence, the rest of the conversation will be tailored to it. Ask the vendor how much they want for the item, and then offer something a little less. Make sure you leave enough room for a gap so that some negotiation can take place. You and the vendor will reach a common ground and agree on a price. Let’s be honest, you were probably going to buy the item, either way, so a few Peruvian “soles” off of the price will feel very rewarding.
Sometimes the savings could be substantial. You can be a little aggressive when bartering if you want, but do know that the amount they are bartering over could be their entire profit margin.