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A Good Time to Bargain

Mi Hye Ahn from Korea

I admired some beautiful fans and went up to the vendor to ask the price. "Three thousand won," the vendor said.

Chinese fans
Photo: "Fans" by Romainguy
I admired some beautiful fans and went up to the vendor to ask the price. "Three thousand won," the vendor said.

To be frank with you, whenever I bargain for something, I am tense because I feel intimidated. But there are times, like when I went to China, when I have to bargain. I was worried about what to give my friends for presents, so I looked around an open-air market there.

I admired some beautiful fans and went up to the vendor to ask the price. "Three thousand won," the vendor said. (Chinese vendors often use Korean money.) So I said, "I won't buy it." and walked away.

Thereupon, the vendor suddenly said, "Two thousand won." But I still wasn't satisfied with the price and wouldn't change my mind. I walked away again. Then, the vendor said, "One thousand won."

That was a good price. In the end, I bought several fans, each for one thousand won, and gave them to my friends. My friends smiled when they received them, so I felt very happy.

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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

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