So so so~ Since Today I’m getting my second pay check and I still had some money left and a few needs, yesterday I went shopping. Well, my needs were basically a cellphone and some T-shirts since I’m kinda running out of stuff to wear and here it keeps getting hotter and hotter. So I did manage to buy the cutest phone ever (I even have a Hello Kitty menu- too adorable!) and luckily for me it wasn’t even that expensive- a little under 100 dollars. It has music, videos, bluetooth, touch- screen, it reads and writes chinese- in other words is perfect for the amount of money spent. Oh, and did I tell you what the red numbers on the lid are? Since the lid itself doesn’t have a screen, it has LCD and shows me the time after I close it or when I get a message or a call- and it’s moving. Crazy, right? I uploaded some pics of it and also of my MP5 Player that I bought a month ago- people around here can be really loud so I always listen to music. The player’s name is Pluto- hence the cute Pluto sticker on it.
Now a little something about shopping around here. Remember that one first time when you were told that everything you’re buying was probably made in China? Well, it’s true. Technology? It’s all here- I was stupefied when I found out Lenovo, the brand of my laptop is a Chinese brand. And I mean it when I say it’s one of the best. Everyone in here, be it Chinese or foreigner uses Lenovo products- comps, laptops, phones, everything! And let me tell you this: EVERYTHING is cheaper! So when we get to buy all these things in our country we get to pay all the taxes and other costs that they can add. We pay a freakin’ lot! Well, ok, here you pay a lot too- they spyke up the prices as much as they can, sometimes they double the value so you need to know how to bargain or they’ll totally rip you off. But still… My phone’s initial price was 700 Yuen but I got it down to 550- not much and I probably still paid more than I should’ve but I liked it and I really didn’t have the patience to bargain too much. So yeah, bargain for your stuff but don’t overdo it- you will pay more than you should anyway and it’s still cheaper than you’ll ever get it in your country. Clothes- Oh My God. Don’t even get me started. We do get all our clothes from China and believe me when I say that all we get are leftovers. Compared to the stuff I ssee in here and to the fashion going around we get all the cheap and ugly things. I think before leaving I will reserve one salary just for clothes and gadgets shopping. Now, they do have a lot of kitsch stuff and bad quality ones, so be careful and check everything that you buy before paying. Some of the things have little or big defects but they won’t tell you that. That’s also ok if it’s a little defect that you can repair yourself because that means you can bargain for the item and get it a lot cheaper.
Also, be carefull of all the small shops in the streets, I know they’re interesting, but not always the best choice. If you buy your clothes, don’t be cheap, go for a brand shop or go to a mall- plenty of small shops with cheap and quality clothes. Probably the stuff they sell on the streets is either fake or used.
TIP: Bargaining- if you don’t speak Chinese and you don’t have someone who does with you and you want to buy something just ask “How much?”, most of the times they’ll get it. Since they can’t speak english they will use a calculus and show you the price at which point you either start bargaining or you nod your said and say “Too much” and head to the exit- they will most probably come after you and ask you how much you would pay. I usually say something around 3 quarters of the initial sum but it can vary. They will then either agree (not very likely) or give you their second price. You can just offer a little less than that and they most of the time agree to that. That’s how it usually works for me. Just try not to be too uptight- they’re trying to make a living too and you probably make more money in a month than they make in three.
This is it for now. Jajajajan~!