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I Like Bargaining for Goods

Yong Jin Lee from Korea

I made a disappointed face and told him that I really wanted it, but I had only sixty dollars left in my wallet.

A nearly empty wallet
Photo by Matthew Gifford
After he checked my wallet and saw I had only sixty dollars in it, he agreed to sell me the jacket for that price.

I like to bargain when I buy goods. It isn't because I don't have money, it is because it is acceptable according to our country's rituals. It also feels good when I acquire goods cheaper than other people.

Last winter vacation, I went to "Dong-Dae-Moon, an open cloth market located in Seoul. At this market, you can buy a lot of clothes at really good prices. I tried to buy a warm jacket to wear in Michigan this winter.

I got the brilliant idea of putting only half of my money-sixty dollars-in my wallet to trick the vendor. Since the market is really huge, I had to walk a lot to find a jacket that really suited me.

Finally, I found the jacket I wanted. I asked the price and the vendor shouted, "Eighty dollars." From my experience, I knew the price was too high for that jacket. I made a counter offer of sixty dollars; however, he refused my offer. He said I had to pay at least sixty-five dollars.

At that time, I realized that I really could get that jacket for sixty dollars, so I made a disappointed face and told him that I really wanted it, but I had only sixty dollars left in my wallet. I showed him my wallet to prove it.

After he checked my wallet and saw I had only sixty dollars in it, he agreed to sell me the jacket for that price. I felt really good, but also sorry for him. If I have a chance, one day I will go shopping there again and purchase more goods. I'll bargain of course, but I won't bargain as hard as the last time since the vendor was really kind to me.

More Bargaining Experiences:
Bargaining is a Game | Exerience Makes It Easier
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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