Sunday, July 5, 2015


Mexico City is full of markets. This morning we went the Mercado de Artesanias looking for gifts to take to the UK. Of course we haggle, and they'll come down 25% but that's the limit. 
It's not like in China where you'll be quoted a ridiculous starting price. You laugh, turn to go and they drop 25% immediately. You still say it's too much, offer half the price, they laugh - "You're trying to put me out of business?!" You laugh again and turn to go because you're not that bothered anyway, and they come back with almost what you asked. You haggle some more and both sides get a fair deal. Actually, Liz did experience incredible rudeness in one particular Beijing market. "Lady, stop wasting my time", was one response.
In Mexico, they'd rather have the thing sit on the shelves for a another five years than drop that much. Anyway, we got some good stuff. And if you're reading this folks, don't worry, you won't be getting a 2ft ceramic day of the dead figure.

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