Today we visited the Pearl Market in Beijing. It is a four floor market selling clothing, electronics, jewelry and trinkets. Here are some impressions from our intrepid shoppers:
It was really quite exciting! It was fun to debate prices
It was very stressful because the vendors really wanted to make the sale so they were forceful.
I liked the way you got a cheaper price than what they told us. However, I didn't like the way they called at you as you walked past.
It was a fun experience but rather stressful. The sales people were very persistent.
The way the vendors came at us while we innocently walked by and looked at their products was a bit intimidating and stressful. When we bargained the prices down it definitely made it worth it. From hearing stories afterwards of experiences and strategies used I feel more than ready to tackle the markets and their vendors again!
I've already been through a similiar experience when I went to Algeria but the vendors are way more aggressive here. In my group we found had the great idea to speak only French and pretend not to understand them when they spoke English to us, this saved us from the excessive harrassment. Overall I learned not to approach an object if I don't really have the intention of buying it and bargain, bargain, bargain!
Challenging but very fun, especially bargaining.
Very aggressive, pushy, touchy must be persistent.
It was fun, and thrilling, the sales people were very aggressive.
Some people were yelling at us to buy stuff, it was fun.
Found the whole atmosphere of bargaining very entertaining.
Incredibly intense, frightening at times but very interesting.
(there will be more photos soon)