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|I was Ripped off !!|
|If this is your first trip to an Asian country, it will be to your advantage to get to grips with bargaining. Some places of course have fixed prices-restaurant, Supermarkets, hotel and so on, but many things and services are negotiable.
A services is worth whatever you both agree on, and agreement indicates that both parties are happy enough with the compromise. Bargaining is always more successful if done with smile, in a light hearted way and in a friendly manner.
It is after all, just a means of communication, similar to talking about the weather. How often have you overheard a conversation where somebody says like " I was ripped off, he charge me Rp.8.000, it should have been Rp.5.000?". The fact that someone else bargained more succesfully than you does not mean you were ''ripped off'' . No mate, you agreed to pay.
This does not mean you should trust everyone blindly of course, but as Peter Moore says in his amusing travel book ''The Wrong Way Home'' - '' The ability to instantly assess the motives of people is a skill you learn pretty quickly when you travel. Nearly every day you are put in a situation where you have to decide whether or not to trust someone. You have to decide whether they are ripping you off or helping you out. And it is a fine line to walk, but if you take it as read that everyone is trying to stiff you , you will have a horrible time and rob yourself of some really wonderful moments of generosity and hospitality.
wrote by Richard , UK
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