Congratulations to the winner of Chinaful's first giveaway!
You will receive a copy of "Hong Kong Markets: Step-by-Step Guide to Getting to the Markets and Back" from Hong Kong's Goods of Desire.
(A superior bargaining tool! Sure to help you in your quest for the perfect robe.)
Thank you for being a devoted Chinaful reader!
And for everyone, a few bargaining tips of my own:
- Look around the markets before you engage in a bargaining session. Once you start, the bargain can take a while, and you want to be sure it's worth your while. Plus, you can get an understanding of what things are selling for, and whether a few stalls over has superior merchandise.
- Be friendly - you may be bargaining hard, but try to do it with a light heart. Getting a deal at a market is meant to be fun, after all. And a smile can be better than the best argument.
- Try to use at least a little of the local language. A simple "Ni Hao" (Hello) or "Tai Gui Le!" (Too Expensive!) is perceived as making an effort to participate in the culture, and can give you an edge.
- After a bit, walk away - a salesman will always drop their price when they think they are about to lose a customer.