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Bargaining is Not For Me

Sun Ah Lim from Korea

I decided not to be deceived by the vendor and to buy items at the lowest price. I seemed to be successful in bargaining because I bought souvenirs at half the price the vendor asked.

Thai market
Photo: Open Air Thai Market by Steven Kohus

I took a trip to Thailand. In the place where I stayed, there were a lot of open-air markets. Just looking around at items in an open-air market was very interesting and pleasurable.

The open-air market seemed to speak to me about the history, people, and traditions of the place I was visiting, but I had difficulty in bargaining whenever I bought items. I thought the vendor said a fixed price, so at first, I paid whatever price the vendor asked for. When I realized that I shouldn't have bought items without bargaining, I was embarrassed because I felt I had been deceived.

On my last day there, I went to an open-air market to buy souvenirs. I decided not to be deceived by the vendor and to buy items at the lowest price. I seemed to be successful in bargaining because I bought souvenirs at half the price the vendor asked. I felt the pleasure of victory. "I won!" I was a winner."

Lifting my head up, I went to another store, just to look. Dear me! In that store, the vendor was asking half the price I had paid at the previous store. Suddenly, I felt like a loser. Since that incident, I have hated bargaining.

More Bargaining Experiences:
Bargaining is a Game | Exerience Makes It Easier | I Like Bargaining for Goods
All My Hard Bargaining For Nothing | At First It Was Fun |
A Discount for Me and Customers for Him | A Good Time to Bargain

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