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Beijing, China: Silk Market

‘Tis the time of shopping season! During our trip to Beijing, we made an evening of it after taking the subway to get to the Silk Market, a shopping center boasting over 1500 vendors. We went there because colleagues shared the vendors they went to for certain items for a “fair price”. While they did have luxury and brand name items, they definitely were not real, which is presently a huge issue (trademark infringements).

For us though, it was a fun and interesting experience. It turns out I have a knack for bargaining! I got into it at the 2nd shop to get a scarf, an item I purchase when I visit a new destination. It’s almost becoming a problem though, even if they are my go-to accessory. I digress. The salesperson at this shop stall appeared to be my age, and she was trying to sell me the item and only wanted to talk to me instead of Mom because “I made more sense.” Hah!

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The entire time at the Silk Market, I kept smiling and laughing at how stubborn these sales people are. We even got a “hook up” from the 1st store; they gave us discounts more easily at the vendors we went to afterwards because we were “friends”. It’s like a compliment and plea mixed into 1. Here are 3 sales ladies at their booth selling jackets. They are 18, 21 and 27 years old.

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It was the language barrier, and the constant typing on their calculator for the appropriate price, and you needed to clarify whether it was in yen or US dollars. Bargaining got exhausting for me, but it was fun to do it! May this be the little recharge you need to get the rest of your Christmas and holiday shopping completed. Happy travels friends!

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