July 1, 2012 12:00 AM

Talking Turkey: When shopping Istanbul, you’ll meet the masters of an ancient art

ISTANBUL, Turkey — The first rule of shopping in the centuries-old markets of Istanbul is this: The asking price is merely a suggestion. In fact, it’s barely a suggestion. A price is equivalent to a declaration that a merchant is open for business. But you will not pay that number, and he — it is always a he — does not expect you to.

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