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PostSubject: Romania market place    Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:03 pm

Just a quick question re The Chineese Market in Bucharest.

Has anyone been to it, says it has over 5000 stalls
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PostSubject: subject   Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:08 pm

Sounds like an interesting place to visit...especially if you are really good at haggling (great fun).

Bit far from me though....a 500 mile trip to go shopping is a bit over the top.
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PostSubject: Re: Romania market place    Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:56 pm

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Bit far from me though....a 500 mile trip to go shopping is a bit over the top.

Just a tad over La I mentioned it to a few friends now it appears there are 10 of us making the trip, will stay overnight in Bucharest and go early next morning maybe have to stay a few nights. I really need to learn to keep my mouth shut eh!!!

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PostSubject: subject   Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:20 am

No!...if you intend going shopping in a Chinese market place...being quiet and demure is not the way to do it. Let everyone know what you are looking at, or for, and the sellers will come out of the woodwork, begging for your custom. The biggest asset will be your smile...they love doing business and the harder you bargain, the more they will respect you!, but the smile is very important...losing your cool, or losing your smile will lose you the bargain.

I spent a number of years (more than 10) shopping in places like this, mostly in their own countries and it took a while to understand the system, but I learned it with practice. For example...a gold plated goose egg (which I really liked), had a price tag of $300...I offered $50...he came back with $275 and so we went on until, after 15 - 20 minutes, and much muttering on his part, I walked away with the egg and he put $105 in his pocket...he was happy and so was I, but we both knew that I could have got it for $85 and he would have still made a small profit, he respected me for driving the bargain and I respected him for being a very pleasant trader.
Just to make a point, bargains CAN be found in such places...quite a few years later, a casual visitor to my home in the UK spotted the egg on display in my sitting room and made an offer to buy it...at first I declined his offer, but things got a bit silly and I eventually gave in and let him have it for many times the price I paid originally...closer to 105,000 pounds than the 105 dollars which I paid in the first place. Things have changed these days, copies of original works (and I mean the really valuable originals) have become much better, so you need to be careful, but everyday bits and bobs found in markets such as this one in Bucherest can usually be examined and verified fairly quickly....the seller(the decent ones) will normally be quick to tell you that what you are looking at a copy.

Go up there, be prudent, find lots of bargains....and have lots of fun.

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PostSubject: Re: Romania market place    Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:45 am

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No!...if you intend going shopping in a Chinese market place

I agree with Justbazz, having also experienced this when living in Hong Kong back in the day.. However as this is a dedicated modern shopping Mall, not a 'Chinese marketplace' and prices appear to be reduced already, it might be a little harder to haggle, but always worth a try.

If I was in Bucharest anyway, I would probably give it a look for interest, but like bazz a little to far just for a special trip. If buying perishable goods, check the expiry date

Be interesting to read your report
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PostSubject: Re: Romania market place    Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:50 am

Oh thank you for the tips guys will certainly bear them in mind and tell the others too.  I am not looking for anything in particular but just love looking around these places and might even pick up a bargain or two in the process.   Will check on dates for sure Bill. Well done on the egg! Bazz g

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