How to Shop in Italy
Most shoppers love to handle items that they are shopping for. Even if you don’t intend to buy something, you still pick up items and examine them closely. You simply want to take a closer look at them. In a newsstand, we get a magazine and flip through the pages. Some of our ways that is very much acceptable in our own country, does not please shop keepers in Italy.
When it comes to shopping conduct, Italians follow certain behaviors when shopping. If you don’t want to end up being reprimanded by Italian storekeepers, then better learn about the proper shopping conduct while in Italy.
You will notice that Italian storekeepers greet people who enter their store, so your first lesson shopping in Italy is to greet the storekeeper back. You will have a great shopping experience if you observe this common courtesy in their stores. And don’t assume that the seller speaks or understands your language. Make sure to speak in Italian in stores even if you don’t speak it well since they will never speak English to you.
Most storekeepers frown when you eat and drink in their shops. Smoking is not allowed inside shops. It is forbidden to light up in a store. The exception, of course, is when the storekeeper himself smokes.
You make your storekeeper frown if you shop and call on your phone at the same time. It gets to the nerves of your storeowners. Make your calls brief inside stores. Otherwise, do your business in the store first and when you are done, you can go out and return the call.
It is alright to ask for discounts. They don’t find you rude if you ask for discounts. They will simply say no if they don’t give discounts.
If you are looking for discounts, then you can surely find it in privately owned establishments. Because of the corporate setting of prices in chains of stores, you will not likely be given a discount. Taxes are included in their pricing and so you only check the price tag and that is what you pay for.
You should not handle fruit when in Italy. You simply point to what you want to buy and the storekeeper will put it in a bag for you.
Italian storekeepers don’t like customers handling inventory. Don’t touch anything they sell. Flipping through magazines a no-no in Italy.
Touch window displays are something that is frowned upon. The storekeeper will have to loudly berate you for this.
Window displays are forbidden to be taken by customers. The window space is small for most stores. They will get upset at you if you disrupt it. Everything in the window space can be found inside. Asking, smiling, and pointing are the only things that you need to do in order for your item to be given to you.