The power of FREE GIFTS


We went shopping in a discount department store for some presents for the friends kids yesterday.

Generally there was a lot of gifts that were pretty ‘low cost’ but it was amazing what we bought for the price. Earlier that day our tour stopped in a factory shop that made traditional Copper Vases. Looked great but were well overpriced for what they were.

It slightly annoys me how the Chinese believe that because we have made it to China the Foreigners will buy anything. We did but a few enamelled fish and Claire was very pleased that she negotiated them down from 300 RMB (£30 for 2) to 180 RMB (£18 for 2). To our horror the discount shop in the middle of Beijing has them for 18 RMB (£1.80 each).

Moving swiftly on from this, the best thing about the discount shop was that it was on 3 floors. If you bought anything you could go to the 3rd floor and redeem your receipts for a free gift. A great way to get us further into the shop and upstairs where there were very few people and the more expensive items.

We got our FREE gift and it was 2 pairs of nail clippers (probably worth about 1 RMB – 10p), very handy, but really interesting was the psychology of this.

I feel fantastic about this shop that I spent all of about £10 in. While I will tell everyone never to buy anything in ‘Foreigner’ tour stop offs!

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