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I started bargaining in an electronics store in China.

At First It Was Fun

InJi Seo from Korea

At first, bargaining was fun and enjoyable, but little by little I got tired of it.

When I lived in China, each time I bought something, I had to bargain because in China bargaining is a common thing. Generally, a Chinese seller starts out asking for a very high price, although everyone knows that is not the real price.

I knew that, so one fine day I started bargaining in an electronics store in China. I asked the seller where I could find a cassette player for language study. I told him I had heard that "Pupuciao" is a famous brand and asked him if he had it. The seller said he did and agreed that it was a very good brand.

I was excited and asked him how much it cost. He replied, "This product is very good, but it is a little expensive. However, just for you, the price is one hundred dollars." But for me, that price was very expensive. I couldn't afford it, so I offered him fifty dollars. He counter offered eighty dollars and assured me that the price was really cheaper than in any other store. We continued bargaining and finally I bought it for sixty dollars. I was very satisfied, but when I returned to school, I met a Chinese friend who told me the original price was just forty dollars. Oh, my goodness!

The first time I bargained it was fun and enjoyable, but little by little I got tired of it because even when I thought it was a reasonable price, I always distrusted the seller.

More Bargaining Experiences:
Bargaining is a Game | Experience Makes It Easier | I Like Bargaining for Goods
All My Hard Bargaining For Nothing | A Discount for Me and Customers for Him
Bargaining is Not for Me | A Good Time to Bargain

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