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Chapter 1: Journeys to China > How to Bargain in China

How to Bargain in China

Know this: if you walk away from a vendor in China without any merchandise, it will be a rare event indeed. Bargaining with the Chinese is fun, exciting, and a game of sorts. There is no ill will, and they know that for every 1 hard bargainer there will be 10 who will reward them bountifully. I am that one. When I first visited China there was not much to buy, let alone bargain for. In subsequent trips it has been one shopping spree after another. On one trip I bought a designer suitcase for $10. As I got on the coach I noticed that a fellow traveler had the same suitcase. I inquired. She paid $120. I said nothing. She was happy as a lark. The same suitcase, real of course, retailed for more than $1,000 in the United States.


  

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