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Bargaining is a Game

Su Jeong Hong from Korea

If you want to win the game, you should have many experiences and acquire some useful skills. However, it is just a game.

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In Korea, where bargaining is a ritual, it is a very interesting experience that provides wisdom for living.

Bargaining is a game. So, if you want to win the game, you should have many experiences and acquire some useful skills. However, it is just a game. If you don't succeed, don't be disappointed. Any failure is a good lesson.

My father is a good bargainer. When I was little, his bargaining was a little strange to me. However, nowadays, as a person who loves to bargain, I respect him. When he makes a counter-offer and walks away in mock frustration, I always worry that the vender's feelings are hurt, and he won't play the game anymore.

However, my father succeeds because he has some rules for bargaining. First, you should go where there are many stores selling something that you want to buy. Second. you should never be nervous or intimidated. Finally, you should never make a counter offer before the vendor makes one.

I am not a good bargainer yet, but my older sister has become very good at it. There is a funny episode about one of her bargaining experiences when she was not very successful. She and her husband went to a shoe store to buy him some sports shoes. "Thirty dollars," the vendor said. At that time she tried to bargain. She said, "Twenty-three." "No" the vendor said. She was embarrassed and countered "Twenty-four." But the vendor said, "No." The two of them said again and again, "Twenty five…six," "No…no." Finally, she was upset and walked out of the store.

When she tried to bargain, she didn't obey all the rules. First, the shoe store was the only shoe store in the neighborhood. Second, she was embarrassed. Finally, she countered ahead of the vendor.

I will also be a good bargainer after I have had many bargaining experiences. In Korea, where bargaining is a ritual, it is a very interesting experience that provides wisdom for living.

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All My Hard Bargaining For Nothing | At First It Was Fun
A Discount for Me and Customers for Him | Bargaining is Not for Me
A Good Time to Bargain

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