September 15, 2012

Silk street and pearl market, Beijing…bargaining is truly the most popular non-contact sport here

If you want any type of fake high fashion bags, clothes, “exotic” silks, custom made suits, Mao Zedong propaganda, new shoes, and absolutely no cash afterwards Silk Street and Pearl market is your heaven. Irrespective of whether you intend to buy anything, the market is still worth a trip simply to marvel at this vast temple to consumerism.

The first price mentioned to you will be outrageous, the second one incredibly high, and eventually they will just be expensive. Ignore the fake crying, the yelling, pulling your arm and the stories about the cats, dogs, children and old folks they need to feed. They are obviously just trying to get more money out of you and they will pull out all the stops to rape your wallets continuously. Don’t be fooled or frightened away no matter what their reaction. It’s all in the unwritten script, and being horribly insulted by your paltry offer is part of their role. She will grumble and complain and look like she’s mad, but that’s how she’s supposed to act.  She’s the pro; if anyone’s going to get a raw deal, it’ll be you if you don’t bargain stridently. Any price she ends up agreeing upon is fine with her, no matter how wounded she acts. 

So go in there with a game plan and be sure to stick with it, be as firm with them as they will be with you. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…




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