Yesterday I was at the Silk Street Pearl Market
(Xiushui) in Beijing. Many floors packed with 4 meter by 4 meter stalls full of clothes, jewelry, toys, junk and little women calling out, "Hello, hello! I give you superprice! You want gift for wife! Underwear! New suit! Pearls! Jewelry! I give you best deal! Silk pajamas! Silk ties! New kimono! Jeans! North Face! Guaranteed! Tablecloth! 100% silk! 100% cashmere! New shirt! Look! Look! Come in! Genuine Polo! Stop here! Hello! You want pretty necklace!" All in emphatic Chinese-accented voices.
Just a continuous onslaught of folks trying to make a yuan by selling you something, anything! They will hold up a curtain for you to try on a dress or a jeans. They will drag you in by your hand. They want to sell, sell, SELL!
Be prepared to bargain. I bought a little toy for 10 yuan where they started out at 360 yuan. I probably overpaid! Be prepared to insult them. But don't step foot into the stall unless you want something. They will not let you escape. "Name your price! What you pay? Meet me halfway! Final price!"
I enjoyed the entire experience as I do not mind insulting or teasing them or walking away. How about you? Are you bold enough to bargain? Or do you always want to see a fair price from the very start?