Bargaining in China is considered a form of art: it is a scripted performance where everyone has a role to play. Bargaining is acceptable in most store in China, except in the supermarket and some shopping malls where goods have a clear fixed price and the staff is not allowed to grand markdowns. However, if you are purchasing knockdown or fake items, especially in Beijing, you can easily put your bargaining powers to a test.
Recently, a video courtesy of Youtuber Collin Abroadcast is gaining popularity on social media. In the said video, Collin tried bargaining down aggressive shop owners in Beijing. These items, ranging from shirts to Jordan shoes are all fake. However, instead of selling them at a right price, most vendors are charging sky-high prices.
Bargaining in Beijing
Collin went to Beijing’s Silk Street, known for its knock-off products. On the first store where he went, which has been the most aggressive store owner, he tried bargaining for a pair of Jordan shoes. The shop owner insisted for him to give the pair a try first before asking for the last price. She was also pointing out that it’s a new pair and if he really wants it, he should give a price range.
The conversation even went to a point where the lady was very pushy and told him:
If you don’t wanna buy, I don’t want to talk to you.
She also became frustrated after the American said that he’s no longer interested because he cannot get the best price that he wants. She even followed him until outside, when he tried to walk away, and offer the cost price to him after several persuasion since he’s very handsome.
It is a Common Practice
This might look rude for some people, but in Asian countries especially China, it’s part of the bargaining process. If you want to get an item at the lowest price possible, you need to insist the price that you want until the seller agrees. After all, they will not say yes to the price that you want if they will lose money from the sale.
It is always worth trying to get a lower rate. If the seller doesn’t want to give you the right price, pretend to walk away. This skill works quite well in most shopping places. If the price proposed by the seller is still not acceptable and outside of your budget, try to use the walk away technique. If you will be called back again, like Collin, the price you offer may be accepted by the shopkeeper.
'If you don't want to buy, I don't want to talk to you': Bargaining with these tough saleswomen at Beijing's Silk Street takes real nerve.
Posted by South China Morning Post on Friday, 23 March 2018
The video proves that when it comes to bargaining, language is not a problem.
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Friends ‘Ride’ Invisible Car to Order Food at Jollibee Drive Thru
A number of fast food outlets have a drive thru for the convenience of those who just want to order a quick takeout meal. The premise of ordering via the drive thru is that you have a vehicle.
What happens if you don’t have a vehicle but the lines at the counter inside the store are too long and the drive thru window has fewer customers?
Well, a group of friends had this rather genius idea of ‘riding’ an invisible car so they can order food at the Jollibee drive thru because the queues inside the store were long.
Laughing at their own crazy antics, the group positioned themselves in a manner that people would normally take if they were riding a car. They were standing, of course, but the designated ‘driver’ made sure to drive them carefully towards the important stops at the drive through – and he didn’t forget to ‘release the hand brake’ before moving forward to the counter.
It was really so hilarious to see these guys ‘riding’ their invisible car that the crew at the counter couldn’t help but laugh. They’re so crazy, right? LOL. But the crew played along, accepting the guys’ orders, still laughing at their silliness.
After their order was taken, the group continued towards the claim area without breaking their position. The crew at this counter also laughed at the guys, even gamely giving the ‘driver’ a fist bump.
They continued towards the exit in the same position, Giving each other high fives, knowing they got their way and were able to order much faster than the customers inside the store. Clever trick, isn’t it?
But the guys did not just trick the Jollibee crew, they had also become famous on Facebook. Less than 24 hours after the video was posted, the video has garnered close to 1 million views!
Check it out here:
Teknik pag mahaba ang pila sa Jollibee kelangan mo ng INVISIBLE CAR
Posted by Dave Calma on Monday, 23 April 2018
Lovers Since Elementary, Couple Graduated Together from Three Different Schools
A lot of people frown on very young lovers, especially when they are still in their early high school and especially in grade school years! After all, the incidence of teenage pregnancy has risen up significant over the past decades.
But one couple from Davao has proven that love isn’t always destructive to very young people because it can also be used as inspiration to strive harder to reach their dreams together!
Meet Vande Alagao and Janica Eleria from Davao City in southern Philippines. They were lovers since their elementary days. What’s amazing about their relationship is that not only were they able to manage staying together all these years but that they had graduated together from three different schools.
A bit confusing, eh? Well, here’s what really happened.
On When in Manila, Janica revealed that they met back in Grade 2 when she transferred to Vande’s school. She gushed at how Vande could still vividly remember to this day what she was wearing that day and what cellphone she was using!
They started exchanging text messages in Grade 5 and became a couple a year later.
In high school, however, Vande went to a different school. They only saw each other about once or twice a year at the time, until Janica’s mom decided to move her to Vande’s school in their third year of high school.
They graduated together from that school, a different one from their elementary school but they were together.
They recently graduated from senior high school. Thankfully, their respective families were supportive of their relationship, especially because they continue to focus more on their studies.
In college, the two are planning to take up different courses but just like their previous years, they will be studying in the same school. They will be celebrating their 7th year this October. Hopefully, 4 years from now, they will still be a couple and graduating from their fourth school together!
Dad Earns Praise for Being Proud of Son, Despite Barely Passing Grades
Every parent wants the best for their children – and that often means encouraging (even forcing!) the kids to do better, especially in school. More often than not, parents get angry if their children have failing grades or if the grades are not within expectations.
Sadly, this puts too much pressure on the children to excel even if they couldn’t really do it, no matter how hard they study. In reality, whether we like to admit it or not, not everyone was born academically intelligent.
But one dad recently went viral after posting his son’s barely passing grades. He’s definitely the complete opposite of those proud parents who post their children’s nearly perfect grades but he’s still as proud as them!
In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, netizen E.i. Baldo shared a photo of his son’s grades as well as a photo of them posing outside a house with a swimming pool.
This cool dad congratulated his son for passing Grade 1. He said that the boy made his happy, especially when the kid joked that his dad should open the card slowly because the grades could cut his finger, an allusion to the joke that line-of-7 grades are ‘palakols’ (axes). LOL.
Instead of getting angry, however, this dad felt proud that the boy passed the level and would be in Grade 2 next year. He recalled that back when he was a student, he also had similar grades; thus, the boy’s report card is really just like a ‘throwback’ to his own.
According to Baldo, knowing his own capabilities as a student, he didn’t really dream of going to the stage to put medals and ribbons to his kids.
He just encouraged his son to try harder next year, maybe getting the grades up to 79% but it was clear that there was no pressure from him because the passing grade is 75%; so, he argued that any excess is really just an ‘allowance’.
For his pride in his son and for not pressuring the kid in achieving something the boy couldn’t do, this dad earned netizens’ praise. Many are wishing that all parents would be like him, understanding and supportive of their kids no matter what happens!
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