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Some shopping tips for the newbies its a GUIDE ONLY

Shopping in market stalls or from beach sellers can be a challenge at the best of times. Consider these handy tips:
◾Negotiation is expected. First offered prices are often double or triple the real price
◾Don’t reveal this is your first trip to the island (even if it is)
◾Have a clear price you are willing to pay before you start negotiating
◾Knowing a little Bahasa indonesian will often reward you with a better price
◾Be aware shopkeepers do this for a living and are persistent and “athletic” negotiators
◾Go early for best “Morning Price”
◾If you think it’s a reasonable price, then do the deal
◾Remember that 10,000Rp is equal to approximately $1.00Aus
◾Watch the zero’s on your notes as it can be confusing.
◾Be prepared to walk away
◾If you buy multiple items, you should be able to negotiate a lesser price
◾Maintain your sense of humour and be polite

If you are not confident at bartering then an alternative option is to check out the set price shops / fixed price shops where you can buy most market items still for a very good deal! See our Bali Shopping page for these and other great shopping locations!


Please remember many of you will be able to secure better prices than those stated here, whilst others will not be able to secure as good a price as stated here. This is a “guide” only.

* Prices quoted in Indonesian Rupiah.

* Remember, some people’s livelihoods may depend on your negotiations

MARKET PRICES (GUIDE ONLY)

Baskets (woven) 5 000 – 15 000

Basket (set of 3, incl. mesh tops for food) 50 000

Batik bags 30 000 with Bali written and 45 000 plain

Beach towels (Bintang, Toughen Up Princess) 55 000 rp

Beaded purse 25 000 to 40 000 for larger size

Belt 35 000 – 50 000

Belt (men’s leather) 80 000 – 150 000

Board shorts RP 30 000 50 000

Bowls, silver aluminium 100 000 – 500 000 (av. 260 000)

Bracelets, wide knitted stretch sml beaded 15 000rp, lge beaded 25 000rp.

Buddha statue (coloured) 50 000 – 150 000 (av. size 90 000)

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Caps Baseball Peaked (no name) – 30 000 – 50 000

Caps Baseball Peaked (named) – 50 000 – 75 000

Cardigans light weight plain crocheted 55 000

Cardigan, large size printed with hood 100 000

Crocheted bag sml 50 000 -100 000/ lge 150 000

Cushion covers 35 000 – 70 000

Dresses (summer) short 45 000/ long 80 000, depending on size/ length

Dresses , flowing 3/4 length 100 000rp/ long 250 000

Earrings 5 000rp ,20 000rp

Earrings, pearl studs 30 000rp – 50 000

Flags/umbal umbals 25 000 – 50 000 for longer

Frangipani hair clips 10 000 med/ 15 000 multiple sml frangipanis on clip

Handbags (Louis Vuitton etc) 100 000 – 150 000, larger 150 000 – 250 000

Handbags (no name) 50 000 – 100 000, larger 100 000 – 150 000

Hammock, parachute material sml 200 000/ lge 250 000

Jackets (leather) tailor made 900 000 – 1 500 000 (depending on size/leather)

Kids T-shirts 30 000

Kimonos 65 000

Large Overnight Bag RP 180 000 – 200 000

Masks, sml 25 000/ lge 90 000

Men’s shorts, short pull on 60 000, longer fitted striped 100 000rp.

Necklaces, 25 000 – 50 000

NRL Shirts, kids 100 000/ adults 120 000

Pashminas 50 000 – 100 000

Placemats, wooden (6 pieces) 90 000

Placemats, woven (6 pieces) 90 000

Rayon pants, from 65 000

Salad servers, aluminium 70 000

Sandals, leather 75 000+

Sarongs, Short 40 000

Sarongs, Long 50 000

Sarongs, fancily embroidered 70 000 – 200 000

Singlets (Billabong/Quicksilver, Nike etc) 40 000 (kids)/ 60 000 (mens)

Scarves, silk or sequined 40 000 – 90 000

Shirts Collared Polo’s, mens 80 000

Sandals, (ladies) dressier 75 000 – 150 000

Skull ornament, coloured, av. size 100 000

Stubby holders, 6 pack 40 000

Sunglasses (Raybans, Gucci etc) 25 000 – 50 000

Shorts Ladies, with zip 65 000

Skirt, denim 80 000

Table runner, sizes vary 40 000 – 100 000

Thongs 50 000 – 100 000

Travel cushion, horseshoe shape 60 000

T-shirts 40 000rp (kids), 45 000 – 70 000 (adults)

Umbrella for rain 40 000 – 80 000

Underwear (Jocks – Calvein Klein) men/boys 30 000 – 80 000

Vans (sneaker type shoe) 120 000 -200 000

Watches 50 000 – 200 000

Wallet mens, Billabong etc 80 000 – 120 000

Wallet ladies , branded 80 000 – 120 000

Wind chimes, bamboo (sml) 10 000/ (lge) 40 000

SHOPPING ITEMDESCRIPTION OR VARIATIONPRICE IN IDR

AFL Team SingletCheap Fabric Material50'000 - 70'000

AFL Team SingletReplica AFL Merchandise Material100'000 - 150'000

AshtrayWooden Carved20'000 - 30'000

Balinese Hand Held FanMedium Size Many Styles15'000 - 25'000

Bamboo Wind ChimesSmall Size Many Styles25'000 - 35'000

Bamboo Wind ChimesLarge Size Many Styles50'000 - 60'000

BikiniVarious 2 Piece Styles40'000 - 60'000

Bintang Beach TowelSmall Size30'000 - 50'000

Bintang Beach TowelLarge Size60'000 - 80'000

Bintang Stubby Holder6 Pack20'000 - 30'000

Bintang SingletKids Small Size20'000 - 30'000

Bintang SingletAdult Size30'000 - 50'000

Bintang Board ShortsKids Small Size25'000 - 35'000

Bintang Board ShortsAdult Size45'000 - 55'000

Board ShortsKids Small Size Various Styles20'000 - 30'000

Board ShortsAdult Size Various Styles30'000 - 50'000

BraceletsBasic Leather Platted1'000 - 2'000

BraceletsBead or Shells3'000 - 10'000

BraceletsBetter Quality Made10'000 - 25'000

CarvingsWelcome & Names150'000 - 200'000

DressesMany Styles and Types50'000 - 100'000

DVDSingle purchase DVD or CDBonus Items - 10'000

EarringsVarious Styles & Types20'000 - 50'000

Guitar Mini SizePainted Plain20'000 - 30'000

Guitar Mini SizePainted With Band Logo50'000 - 75'000

Hair ClipsBali Frangipani Flower Packed30'000 - 50'000

HandbagSmall No Name Brand100'000 - 150'000

HandbagLarge No Name Brand150'000 - 200'000

HandbagSmall Fake Designer Brand150'000 - 200'000

HandbagLarge Fake Designer Brand200'000 - 300'000

Hat / Baseball capNo Name Brand30'000 - 50'000

Hat / Baseball capFake Designer Brand50'000 - 75'000

Key RingsWith wooden dolphin, heart etc Pack of 510'000 - 15'000

KitesVarious Types e.g. Birds, Pirate Ship50'000 - 75'000

Mask Wooden CarvedSmall Size Basic Design Cheap Wood20'000 - 25'000

Mask Wooden CarvedLarge Size Basic Design Cheap Wood25'000 - 35'000

Mask Wooden CarvedSmall Size Detailed Design Quality Wood100'000 - 150'000

Mask Wooden CarvedLarge Size Detailed Design Quality Wood150'000 - 250'000

NecklacesVarious Types & Styles30'000 - 50'000

PaintingsSmall Size30'000 - 50'000

PaintingsMedium Size50'000 - 100'000

PaintingsLarge Size100'000 - 150'000

Purse LadiesNo Name Brand30'000 - 50'000

Purse LadiesFake Designer Brand50'000 - 100'000

Penis Bottle OpenerSmall Size20'000 - 30'000

Penis Bottle OpenerBig Size30'000 - 50'000

Sandals - LadiesBasic Flats30'000 - 50'000

Sandals - LadiesDecorative or Motif Styles50'000 - 150'000

Sandals / Thongs - MensFlats or Double Pluggers No Name Brand30'000 - 50'000

Sandals / Thongs - MensFlats or Double Pluggers Fake Designer50'000 - 75'000

SarongVarioust Types & Styles30'000 - 50'000

Shorts - Mens DressThin Quick Dry Material30'000 - 50'000

Shorts - Mens DressGood Quality Cotton Material50'000 - 100'000

Shorts - Ladies Dress ShortDenim Material75'000 - 150'000

Shorts - Ladies Dress ShortOther Fabric Material75'000 - 100'000

ShoesConverse Style100'000 - 200'000

ShoesVans Style100'000 - 200'000

Shirts - Mens T-ShirtCotton Material40'000 - 75'000

Shirts - Mens Dress ShirtCollared50'000 - 100'000

Shirts - Ladies Singlet or TopCotton Material30'000 - 50'000

Shirts - Ladies Dress ShirtOther Fabric Material40'000 - 60'000

SkirtMany Types & Styles40'000 - 60'000

Suit CaseSmall Hand Luggage Size200'000 - 300'000

Suit CaseMedium Luggage Size300'000 - 500'000

Suit CaseLarge Luggage Size500'000 - 700'000

SunglassesFake Oakley20'000 - 30'000

SunglassesPremium Fake Styles30'000 - 50'000

Surfboard with DolphinSmall Size25'000 - 35'000

Surfboard with DolphinLarge Size40'000 - 50'000

UmbrellaVarious Types & Styles50'000 - 100'000

UnderwearFake Label15'000 - 30'000

Wall HangingBuddha Quotes and Spiritual Quotes40'000 - 60'000

Wall FlagsBuddha Quotes and Spiritual Quotes30'000 - 50'000

Cost of Living in Bali: 2016 Price Guide

Judging by the traffic that visited, the “2014 Living in Bali Price Guide” post became very popular.

But we are now 2016, so I reckoned an update to the price guide was necessary.

 

In a nutshell:

Basically, everything became more expensive in Bali since 2014. Some quick examples:

  • Housing became a lot more expensive (except maybe the villa’s & hotelrooms, which stayed at the same price level)

  • Transport costs (motorcycle, petrol) rose only a little

  • Chicken as a food, even doubled in price

But even though everything became more expensive… it doesn’t necessarily mean the your actual cost of living in Bali would be higher too. It depends on the exchange rate of your currency (AUD or USD).

 

Exchange rates

Everything has gone up in price in rupiah, but the exchange rates can show a different picture.

At the moment 1 USD is worth about 14,000 IDR (whereas in 2014 it was somewhere around 12,000 IDR to the dollar).

And 1.00 AUD = 9,630.87 IDR now (in the beginning of january 2016), and that’s essentially the same as it was in the same month in 2014.

So, for people using the US dollar, due to the exchange rate, things might even out, resulting in similar prices as in 2014.

However, for people using AUD, prices do have gone up. (Still cheaper compared to Australia though!)

 

Property & accomodation

Property price has gone up more than anything else on the island. The increase of tourists and expat wannabes staying in overpriced places has driven the price for almost all monthly accommodation in tourists areas sky-high.

I remember living in an airconditioned kos (premium) and paying 1.5 million per month. I am sure that that same room is now 2.5 million. Hotel prices remain competitive though due to their oversupply of rooms.

 

Food

Western meals seem to have increased in price more so than other types of food. The presence of tourists and expats are probably driving up the prices, but it could also be due to the availability of gourmet ingredients and import product prices going up as well.​

Fruit juices in restaurants and warungs aimed at westerners are disgustingly overpriced usually. 25k and up for a single fresh juice is a bit excessive, considering that for that price you can buy 1-2kg of said fruit!

I suggest to only get fresh juices when they are normal price (7-10k, or up to 15-20k at the beach or remote location). It seems silly to pay 15k for a mango juice when your plate of nasi campur is also 15k!

 

Alcohol & beer

Depending on your currency, beer may be cheaper or more expensive

The availability of alcohol has gone up, as well as the selection, and the price…

In the clubs, on the beach, and in bars the prices have gone up a bit more than I think they should have.

A small beer on any beach is 25k… You pay 12k when you buy at home and 16k in convenience stores, often just 10 meters from the beach.

The funny thing is that for people using the USD, the price of alcohol has actually gone down!

4 years ago the AUD and USD were inverse. A case of beer used to cost 240k rupiah but one USD only got you around 8k rupiah. Now they are 305k for a case but you get almost 14k for your US dollar… not a bad deal.

For people using AUD, alcohol & beer became more expensive, but maybe not that much. And it’s still cheaper than in Oz!

Check the price guide below for detailed prices.

 

Cost of living in Bali: 2016 Price Guide

The prices of the goods and foods on this list have been checked in the beginning of january 2016.

Compared to 2014, I’ve added a few categories to the sheet: more supermarket food, as well as prices from the pasar (traditional market). I have also added some internet prices as a quick reference for people.

Note that the prices in USD, AUD and EUR are current on the day you read this. (The sheet pulls in the actual, current exchange rate today.)

Kos (studio apartment) low end1,500,000113149101

Kos (studio apartment) high end5,000,000376496336

2-3 Bedroom House - Yearly - low end30,000,0002,2552,9782,016

2-3 Bedroom House - Yearly - high end75,000,0005,6377,4455,039

Villa with Pool - Yearly Rental - low end120,000,0009,01911,9128,063

Villa with Pool - Yearly Rental - high end250,000,00018,79024,81716,798

ElectricityIDRUSDAUDEUR

Kos - No AC100,0008107

Kos - with AC300,000233020

Medium sized house - No AC150,000111510

Medium sized house - with AC500,000385034

Villa with Pool and AC2,000,000150199134

InternetIDRUSDAUDEUR

10 mbps - Monthly - (10% Tax not included)300,000233020

20 mbps - Monthly - (10% Tax not included)600,000456040

TransportationIDRUSDAUDEUR

Taxi ride - short30,0002.252.982.02

Taxi ride - long100,0007.529.936.72

Motorbike rental (automatic) per day70,0005.266.954.70

Motorbike rental (automatic) per month700,00052.6169.4947.03

Motorbike (automatic) purchase18,000,0001,352.871,786.821,209.45

Large Motorcycle (Tiger) per day150,00011.2714.8910.08

Large Motorcycle (Tiger) per month1,500,000112.74148.90100.79

Large Motorcycle (Tiger) purchase25,000,0001,878.992,481.691,679.79

Petrol (1 liter)7,4000.560.730.50

Prepared FoodIDRUSDAUDEUR

Nasi Goreng (fried rice)15,0001.131.491.01

Nasi Campur (mixed rice)20,0001.501.991.34

Western meal with drink - low end50,0003.764.963.36

Western meal with drink - mid level100,0007.529.936.72

Western meal with drink - high end200,00015.0319.8513.44

Espresso25,0001.882.481.68

Fruit Juice - warung7,0000.530.690.47

Fruit Juice - restaurant25,0001.882.481.68

SupermarketIDRUSDAUDEUR

Chicken breast (per kg)70,0005.266.954.70

Beef (per kg)150,00011.2714.8910.08

1 whole chicken50,0003.764.963.36

1 whole chicken (organic)75,0005.647.455.04

10 eggs (brown)20,0001.501.991.34

8 eggs (white, local from village)22,0001.652.181.48

Cheese - cheddar (per kg)165,00012.4016.3811.09

Butter - imported French (200 gram block)43,0003.234.272.89

Olive oil (1 liter)150,00011.2714.8910.08

Vegetable oil (1 liter)17,0001.281.691.14

Tomato (per kg)14,0001.051.390.94

Lime (per kg)32,0002.413.182.15

Shallot (per kg)27,0002.032.681.81

White onion (per kg)25,0001.882.481.68

Local greens (water spinach - per kg)10,0000.750.990.67

Lettuce (per kg)35,0002.633.472.35

Milk - pasturized (1 liter)22,0001.652.181.48

Soymilk (1 liter)16,0001.201.591.08

Fresh baguette - large15,0001.131.491.01

Water (1.5 liter)6,0000.450.600.40

Water (19 liter jug)18,0001.351.791.21

Traditional Market (Pasar)IDRUSDAUDEUR

Tomato (per kg)12,0000.901.190.81

Lime (per kg)25,0001.882.481.68

Shallot (per kg)45,0003.384.473.02

Garlic (per kg)40,0003.013.972.69

Fresh ginger (per kg)30,0002.252.982.02

Sweet corn (4-5 ears)10,0000.750.990.67

Local greens (water spinach - per bundle)2,0000.150.200.13

Potato (per kg)18,0001.351.791.21

Cucumber (per kg)15,0001.131.491.01

Lettuce (per kg)40,0003.013.972.69

Carrot (per kg)30,0002.252.982.02

Mango (per kg)20,0001.501.991.34

Rambutan (per kg)15,0001.131.491.01

Papaya (per kg)7,0000.530.690.47

Watermelon (per kg)7,0000.530.690.47

Young coconut (per piece)10,0000.750.990.67

Avacado (per kg)18,0001.351.791.21

Local apple (per kg)20,0001.501.991.34

Snakefruit (per kg)15,0001.131.491.01

Local banana (per kg)18,0001.351.791.21

Mangosteen (per kg)45,0003.384.473.02

AlcoholIDRUSDAUDEUR

Beer - Small Bottle - Circle K/Supermarket18,0001.351.791.21

Beer - Large - Bottle - Circle K/Supermarket32,0002.413.182.15

Beer - Small Bottle - Bar/Club25,0001.882.481.68

Beer - Large Bottle - Bar/Club50,0003.764.963.36

Mixed Drink - Bar/Club100,0007.529.936.72

750ml Bottle of Liquor - Supermarket375,00028.1837.2325.20

Local Wine (Hatten) - 750ml bottle165,00012.4016.3811.09

Local Wine (Hatten) - 2 liter box345,00025.9334.2523.18

Local Wine (2 Islands) - 750ml bottle200,00015.0319.8513.44

Local Wine (Plaga) - 750ml bottle190,00014.2818.8612.77

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