Wednesday, September 20, 2017

TPOL’s Guide to Bargaining Abroad

Greetings and salutations from 中国。Today's topic is bargaining abroad. This is an update to my previous guide for those looking to score the best deals on bags, shoes, watches while overseas. Yesterday, I went to my...

Ticket Scalping NYC: The Follow-Up

One of the best things about living in NYC is that there always is some special event happening at an excellent venue. Last Saturday, the inconsistent Michigan Wolverines came to MSG to take on the...

Ticket Scalping NYC: Know Before You Go

Tonight, I went to see my beloved Detroit Basketball! Pistons at Madison Square Garden. Fresh from a bargaining victory at Yankee Stadium where I procured 4 tickets for $60 when their face value was...

Spare Renminbi Prevents Greek FX Gouging

If I can just get out of the airport then I've made it. That applies to dodging taxis and skipping the exchange counter. Fresh off of an Easyjet that defines no frills, I am in...

My Grandma And I Are Proud AARP Members

Found my way back to the D this week en route to Athens which meant a necessary carb load stop at grandma's house. How great does that food look? Anyhow, I was speaking with my uncle...

Melbourne-Wellington: Paying Cash Saves $

Fixated with constructing the best points itinerary beheld by all of mankind, I forgot common sense in making my booking from Melbourne to Wellington. I elected to use Avios to fly business on Qantas. The fare should've been 40,000 points and a nominal amount in tax. Instead after hours arguing with terrible British Airways customer service, I ended up paying $260 which included improper fuel surcharges.

Don’t Pay $30 for Tacos

We all travel enough to know there are tourist traps everywhere. It begins at the airport with the ATM that charges a less than friendly rate and continues with the taxi driver who exploits the unfamiliar traveler. To combat these usual occurrences we know to use Uber and keep a Charles Schwab checking account for international travel. These precautions are a must.

Bargaining Abroad, I Lost the Battle

Ask anyone about my bargaining skills and you they will say that I am the best. Don't believe me, then stack up your "best quality" purchases with the following (which should also be used a basis for all negotiations going forward):

Your Fee to Leave

You're not free to leave because you have to pay the fee. Philippines, Costa Rica, and Bali, Indonesia all charge this nonsense departure tax that is supposed to support airport infrastructure or youth development...
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