Negotiating in China

My first purchase in China: 10 postcards for seventy-five cents (¥5 RMB) from this woman. It was still probably more than I could have paid if I wanted to negotiate longer, but I didn't want to negotiate so early in the morning for such a small amount, and it was a fair price regardless, and less than the $3 (¥20 RMB) asking price.

I have been told the strategy for negotiating here is to raise the price you are willing to pay twice so that you can allow the seller to save face in the bargaining. So I offered ¥3 and then ¥4 knowing I would settle on ¥5 RMB.

I'm surprised afterward somebody didn't jump out of the bushes and offer to sell me stamps.

Selling postcards in Yangshuo, China.