"Too clever to be touted? ..." Bangkok Tourist Trap Tip by gazzagazza
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Too clever to be touted? Ha!
Highly educated, pre-warned family at checkout of major dept store - in queue (apparently) with well dressed affluent lady shopper - 'Hi etc...where you from ... here for long...you really must see Government trade centre ..very special and only for a few days' then says goodbye and leaves.
Over an hour later, passing entrance to hotel, well dressed man says 'Hi - saw you in hotel waiting this morning - did you get your room - I work there etc. Same deal - different spin - 'tired of shopping? I saw on television the Government Trade Centre is having a sale - not sure where it is - ask a Tuk Tuk - blah blah' then leaves.
Now we have two unrelated, friendly people suggesting we go to a 'Government' trade centre - not being dragged there - so we think maybe we will give it a shot - being government and on tele and all.
Grabbed a Tuk Tuk - who was hanging around nearby (a coincidence, you say...) and off we went.
Got there to be met by guard wearing military gear out front, lots of government certificates on the walls etc. Only after they brought out the cokes for the kids did I think for just a moment that no government store on earth ever did this. So an hour later after much hard selling we realised that we had been suckered.
Still, after we bargained really hard, and got up to leave, we got a ruby and diamond pendant for about 55% of the starting price (very special 30% off, another 10% for foreigners, another 5% for VISA blah blah blah). The people were almost shedding tears when we left, assuring us that their kids would starve etc. Ultimately we had the pendant valued in Australia at 40% more than we paid, so if we had paid the asking price we would have been evens. As it was, despite being suckered by the best touting team I have ever seen (3 people working together!) we came out of it OK. Unless of course the Australian valuer is in on the act???
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