Read the 2019 Bargaining Guide.
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 favorite place in the world, the tailor market on Lujiabang lu. I walked away with a deposit receipt for 5 suits, 10 shirts, and 1 winter jacket. I also went to another market where I found some jeans for a nice price.
Here is the breakdown:
1 suit: 500 RMB
1 shirt: 100 RMB
1 cashmere winter jacket: 600 RMB
1 pair of jeans: 100 RMB
1 pair of underwear: 14 RMB
While the yuan has appreciated, the price in RMB has remained constant. The quality, as ever, is hit or miss though everyone promises it to be ‘top quality’.
I went to the fabric market to update my collection. I may be losing my bargaining ability because I paid a little more:
1 suit: 600RMB, up 100
1 shirt: 100RMB, same
1 pattern shirt: 110 RMB, somehow patterns cost more?
1 James Bond Tuxedo: 700RMB
Work Dress: 400RMB
Sports Coat: 400RMB