Driving a hard bargain in China

Normally I don't like to haggle too much over prices. It's tiring, and it makes me feel like I'm taking advantage of someone less fortunate, especially when the deal offered is within reason.

Lower costs of living in China means its people need less, but it doesn't mean they don't deserve more, and just because you can pay less doesn't mean you always should. My two cents.

But today I wanted to see just how cheaply I could acquire two small bracelets, one for myself and one for my girlfriend. I was bored during the afternoon and wanted to see if I had the heart for Chinese negotiating. I could have probably paid even less (perhaps as little as 1 元 each) than ¥6 RMB, the total of what I paid for both bracelets (6 元 = 92 cents). I offered 3 元 initially, before raising my offer to 5 元, and then begrudgingly adding one final yuan.

The initial asking price at one vendor was 70 元 for both; at another, 40 元.

An owl for my girlfriend, because she is wise to be with me.

Chinese dragon or wolf?

Less than fifty cents, USD.