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Old Aug 20th, 2002, 04:45 PM
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I just love Bob's philosophy. See his reply of 08/01/02.
 
Old Aug 21st, 2002, 01:59 PM
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Thanks Brenda.

It has amazed my wife and me how many times we purchased an item that was one of 100 in a tourist shop somewhere and then how well it looked in our home when it was only 1 of 1.

You just have to have fun on trips and not get too worked up on the "investment" potential.

It would be a good thread to ask how many people bought things overseas and then sold them for a big profit in the US. Very few, I am sure. Just enjoy the stuff and move on.
 
Old Aug 22nd, 2002, 03:46 AM
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I second Bob's comments! Stuff is always so much cooler once we get it home! Then we're happy we paid whatever price for it. People may slam me for this, but I see no problem paying more than I absolutely have to when the seller obviously has a much lower standard of living than I do. Why not pay the guy selling postcards on the street an extra 50 cents? It doesn't hurt me any and may help him out a bit. Granted, I still go for a bargain but it's not that big of a deal (and I'm not wealthy, at least not by western standards).
 
Old Aug 22nd, 2002, 09:29 AM
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I still laugh at my wife bargaining with a vendor in Istanbul trying to get him from $10 to $5 for a picture. She finally took it for $8 when I pointed out that it was not worth wasting more time for $5.00.

We have the picture in our home today, enjoy it very much and it looks like it is worth far more than $7.00.

Some people would "walk away" as they were trained by travel books and travel "experts". Frankly for small purchases it is not worth it. Enjoy travel!
 
Old Aug 22nd, 2002, 11:16 AM
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I usually don't even remember what I paid for something. If I really like it, that's all that matters. I love having stuff sitting around our house from our travels! We never spend big bucks on ANY souvenirs, so it doesn't really matter if they're authentic or whatever.
 
Old Aug 25th, 2002, 03:19 AM
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If you are going to Shanghai or Beijing, you might want to get a cricket cage. Those are the only two cities you can find them. The asking price could be up to $40 US, but you shouldn't pay more than $5 US for it.
The other thing is a 3-D dragon kite. Again you shouldn't pay more than $10 US for one of those.
 
Old Aug 27th, 2002, 01:43 PM
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Has anyone found good prices on "silk screen" work?
 
Old Aug 27th, 2002, 02:44 PM
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Dear Cindy,
Thank-you for the shopping tips. A cricket cage fascinates me. I thought
they could be purchased at the Bird Market in Hong Kong (Kowloon) but I'll not take the chance. I'll get one in Beijing or Shanghai before we go to Hong Kong.
Brenda
 
Old Aug 27th, 2002, 02:48 PM
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Dear Cindy,
P.S. The dragon 3-D kites sound great, too. Thanks for the information on price. We think they'd make great gifts, not for our grandsons, but for our sons-in-law. Do they take up much room in suitcases and are they very fragile? If they are, I'll bring some bubble wrap and tape with me.
Brenda
 
Old Aug 27th, 2002, 03:29 PM
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Y5 (about US$0.60) is usual price for a cricket cage.

Dragon-headed centipede kites, which I presume is what's meant by the 3-D dragon kites, come in a variety of prices according to the length and size of the elements, and so are quite difficult to price. But a middling one, with a silk-lined presentation box, and bought from a souvenir shop would be perhaps triple the Y80 (US$10) quoted, and you'd be hard-pressed to get that price in a market. If, however, the one-piece kite roughly resembling a creature is meant, then Y20 would be about right, if bought from a strolling vendor or small market stall.

Peter N-H
http://members.axion.net/~pnh/China.html
 
Old Aug 28th, 2002, 05:41 AM
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MORE, please. TTT
 
Old Aug 30th, 2002, 01:28 PM
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Bob,
I agree with you. Not that I don't appreciate a good bargain, but sometimes we can get too hung up on trying to get the very best 'deal' or worrying about getting 'scammed'.
 
Old Sep 1st, 2002, 12:47 AM
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Does anyone know where the best place to buy a mah jongg set would be? And what would be a reasonable price range for a nice set with storage boxes?
 
Old Sep 2nd, 2002, 06:53 PM
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Does anyone have any recommendations on where they found the best teapots and prices? I will be in Beijing, Shanghai and Xian and what interesting patterns you have found.
 
Old Sep 19th, 2002, 01:34 AM
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TTT
 
Old Sep 19th, 2002, 02:44 AM
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Hi Brenda

The 3D dragon kite (not the dragon-headed centipede) is collapsable. It is nicely fitted in a box for your convenience.
 
Old Sep 19th, 2002, 04:51 AM
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Be careful in the markets and souvenir stalls. They will switch the merchandise you choose for inferior quality items. Watch carefully while they bag it/wrap it up for you. That's when they'll turn away so you can't see -- and then change it. Expect to pay only 20% (or less) of the asking price in stalls and souvenir markets.
 
Old Sep 19th, 2002, 08:26 AM
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Peter is 'way right on bargaining. Don't even consider cutting the price in half and don't listen to the people who say you'll only get a 20% reduction.

If you smile and bargain hard, you can buy almost everything at about 10-15% of the first asking price. We were in China for 3 weeks in July and really got a kick out of the tourists who thought they were getting such a deal when they got the seller to come down 15-20%. We waited until the hoards of tourists were gone and then went right behind them and paid only 10-15%. The trick is to be polite, have cash out (correct change), and walk away if you can't come to terms after about 3 exchanges. Every stall is selling the same things and if one won't deal with you, I guarantee the next one will.

Have a great trip to China and pack an extra bag for all the bargains!

Sandy
 
Old Sep 19th, 2002, 08:37 AM
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I don't think there's any hard and fast rule about what percentage of the original asking price you should pay. It really depends on where you're shopping. If you're right outside a tourist attraction, then the asking prices will be high. However, if you're shopping at a market that is also frequented by locals, I don't think you'll be able to bargain down to 10% as the asking prices will be lower.
 
Old Sep 20th, 2002, 01:06 AM
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Just returned from China and the above information I requested in April was helpful.

We were approached by the "students" in Tianamen Square to see the art. I was with two other guys as the wives were out shopping. We looked at the art and then used the students as tour guides to a tea shop. They showed us to where we wanted to go and were helpful on our small purchase. We gave them a bag of tea and left after a fun hour with them. Did not buy the "art" and they were very nice...surprised at us probably, but nice. It helps if you know the deal.

Bargaining was rampant everywhere. We did well on a few items and not so well on others but had a great time on the trip. It was a true sporting event and much fun to discuss with fellow tour members on how they did against the competition.

Good luck to all in China. Be prepared for a good time. And the Beijing 2003 baseball hats can be had for less than 50 cents each....not the $1.00 I paid. Damn!
 
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