If you want to make a quick purchase and leave, you certainly can…but only if you want to knowingly get ripped off BIG TIME. Believe me, it happens. I see numerous international businessmen coming in for “Rolex” watches thinking they got an “amazing deal” after just 10 minutes of “haggling”. Yes, maybe compared to an authentic Rolex they got a good deal, but HELLO DUDES! THIS IS CHINA. Everything in a fake market is…FAKE. I laugh in my head knowing that they got ripped off by a few hundred USD. I simply let them bask in their sense of false accomplishment because once the deal is made, it is too late to go backwards. You all know I am (for the most part) a kind-hearted individual who enjoys helping others, but I don’t have the time or energy to help the masses of novice fake market shoppers land the best deals. Sorry. Trial and error, my friends!
In order to get the price down, haggling for a good quality “Prada” bag, for example, may take up to three hours. Lower your desired price. Walk away. Try again. Walk away. Form rapport. Walk away. Repeat until you are satisfied. While speaking Chinese is no doubt an advantage when it comes to haggling, it is still a long process. It is crucial to mentally prepare yourself before setting off on a fake market adventure. When I do make the occasional trip, I need to think of it as a cultural experience. I try to just take in my surroundings and laugh at the ridiculousness that is taking place.
BEWARE: If you are in a rush, tired, hungry or prone to shopping-related migraines like my mother…it’s NOT the time for fake market shopping! The first picture below shows the outside of the fake market in Shenzhen. Yes, it’s a MONSTROSITY! Yes, that’s the inside of the market! Stalls upon stalls of the same knockoff bags, watches, shoes, and electronics. Everything is fake and can be haggled for (even if the sellers tell you otherwise). You just need time, commitment, patience and a sense of humor.