"Bargaining and refusing a sale" Shopping/Bargaining Tip by DMOB

Shopping/Bargaining, Beijing: 22 reviews and 44 photos

This came very useful when I was at the foot of the trail up to the Great Wall.

Chinses peope are very entrepreneurial and will try to sell you everything and anything if you walk by a stall - "No" to them means you want to bargain.

Chinese will ALWAYS try and charge foreigners at least three times and upwards of the price of the item if it is not clearly marked already. To counter balance this, start your bidding at at most one tenth of their asking price - you will quickly find that their asjing and your offer price will converge at around what you can expect for that item if you were chinese.

A good way to tell them you are not interested is to say "I think this is beautiful - someone else might like it" then they will gracefully retreat and say no more.

Of course the other way is to quickly walk on by or walk away if you have no interest in buying anything.

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  • Written Jun 5, 2004
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