Hong Kong Lucida

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Shanghai: Bargain Hunting at Laojie

Time to go bargain hunting!

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This is Shanghai Laojie (Old Street), a touristy area with lots of “specialty shops” selling various Oriental stuff.

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The light was no good (this was just after a drizzle on a really cloudy day), so my poor Olympus XA2 with Fuji Superia 800 was stretched to its limits.

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I’m probably forgiving myself too much, but some of the images have a soft-focus painterly look that nonetheless grows on me.

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Check out the goods.

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I was looking at one of the shirts in a store and the shopkeeper said to me (in English) it’s made of really exquisite material, at only 360RMB.

I nodded and said I would think about it (in Mandarin/Putonghua) and walked away, only to be told two steps later that it’s 180RMB.

I said I’ll think about it.

And she said “Ok, ok, 100RMB final offer. If you don’t believe me, go to the other shops to compare prices and you’ll see this is the best price you’ll get.”

I said I’ll indeed take a quick look at the other shops and she said, “ok, ok – 90 RMB.”

So I bought two.

I’m an expert negotiator, you see. (This was one of those rare moments when my wife was very impressed with me.)

I basically brought the price down from RMB360 to RMB90. (I now suspect the price could have been lowered further.)

I think that at this place, they’re selling generic stuff (from the same suppliers/factories) that can be found at every other shop, and they know that you know.

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Hmm…

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Yummy traditional snacks!

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A shop specializing in chopsticks.

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Another one specializing in Oriental curios.

Thanks for stopping by, and please do check out my Saatchi Art page for open edition prints.

 

 

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7 comments on “Shanghai: Bargain Hunting at Laojie

  1. fordhampr
    July 13, 2014

    Thank you so much for taking me with you (virtually) on this fun shopping expedition. The photos are great so please don’t fret about quality – you done good! LOL

  2. Paul J. Stam
    July 14, 2014

    Great photos! I’m a terrible negotiator. So I want to thank you for saying you liked “Murder Sets Sail – 2” on writingiam.wordpress.com with absolutely no negotiating from me. – Thanks again and Aloha – pjs/

  3. jamescpang
    July 14, 2014

    Haha, I had a similar experience at a market in Beijing once. A Caucasian foreigner asked the stall keeper, in English, how much something cost, and he was told something like 50RMB. I was kinda curious, and kinda suspected I’d be given a different price if I asked in Mandarin, so I did, and was offered it at like 20RMB.

    • eddietay
      July 14, 2014

      This happens to me as well in Hong Kong, I suspect, especially when negotiating film camera prices, as my Cantonese is not very fluent.

  4. jarch21
    July 14, 2014

    Love those superia 800 colours!

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