The marketplace was quite the experience. I have to say that it is not for the weak minded. I myself felt as though I was suckered into purchasing a few items at a price which was too high. But I also felt that I got the best of multiple transactions. This activity was definitely one of the biggest thrills for me. Personally, I love to negotiate and get what I want for a good price, although I realize they wouldn't be selling the items unless they made a profit. I purchased about 8 items for around $100, including shoes, a beer can speaker, two watch bracelets, a Chinese fan, fruit tea, and two t shirts, and an electronic cigarette, which I regret buying. I learned that walking away from a transaction is the best tool to get a good value, and if you don't walk away at least one time, then you did not get the best price you could have got. I regret the couple of times I didn't walk away feeling that I didn't get the best price possible. I also learned not to judge or generalize Chinese people by the way they act in the marketplace, which is usually ruthless and persistent.
The power of walking away
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