November 9, 2006

Petaling Street pt.3


Guess, Gucci, Prada, Le Sportsac, Coach, Fendi. Whatever designer label tickles your fancy is here and each bag can be yours for less than RM100 (USD27). If you're an expert haggler, you may just get it for less. That's the adrenaline high of coming to Chinatown. The seller throws you a number, you knock it down. He says no, you pretend to walk away. He throws you another number, you turn your head back to him and shout out another number. Two sets of eyes meet and the bag is yours! You walk away with a sense of accomplishment and he pockets your money ready for the next customer encounter.

But please don't haggle over the price of food or fruits. That's just silly. And no one wants a Chinese Mafia brother to bitch slap you. Right?

18 Comments:

Blogger Pierre said...

Hi Edwin! You are right, we are in fake bags those times, you, Joe and myself! Wahat a coordination ;)

4:38 PM  
Blogger Kala said...

Looks like venice is in Kuala Lumpur =)

5:29 PM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

I'm not very good in bargaining , my mom is.

my sis would go gaga over this bags, fake or not.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey hey, i'm here to shop!
the blue one would be for me. The workmanship is getting better aint it?

6:59 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Bags are in today on blogs! Since I'm a bag lady, I'll take any one of them.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

The ways of the world are many and I only know a little. I've never learned the art of haggling over price and would need a guide to teach me when and where it is appropriate. So thank you for this little lesson, EdwinS.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Irredento Urbanita said...

If it's easy to find commercial zones, I guess it's easy to find factories and qualified workers, right?

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

c'est des vrais ou des imitations ?
parceque attention, si imitation,ne pas les ramener en France, cela coute tres cher.

they is truths or imitations? because attention, if imitation, them not to bring back to France, that coute very expensive.

1:10 AM  
Anonymous Ruth said...

I'm loving your colorful posts from the market.

2:15 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

It's a bag convergence today, Edwin. You are tuned into the universe. . .;^)

When my husband sees knockoffs like this, or stuff from big ligit commercial firms who manufacture goods with Chinese labor, he always says, "Made by prisoners of conscience." Here on the west coast of the US there is a long history of exploited Chinese seamstresses working in sweat shops. Also illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America. . .ah greed.
-Kim

3:24 AM  
Anonymous jazzy said...

the same as Kate i'm a sucker for bags, great tips Edwin, i could use some =)

7:18 AM  
Blogger Mile Stones said...

Hey Ed, (yeeaaaahh, c'est moi!), your description of haggling in Petaling (or vice-versa?)suddenlçy brought the image of that scene in the immortal "Casablanca", when Ilsa comes across something in the souk - can't remember what it was - and is quoted 700 derams. As she puts it down, He cuts it to 400. Then RICK appears & they have another log-jam of a chat on the old days & Rick's bitterness. The enterprising market boy says "Ah, friend of Rick's? Then special price for friend of Rick's, 300. While they pretend to have a continuous tiff, the price rapidly deflates to 100. Either they don't notice, or this is a deliberate ploy and a novel haggling/petaling technique. Byeeeeeee!

8:32 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Stewie!!! I remember Casablanca but I can't recall that scene. Must watch it again...aaahhh.

Kim, Kate, Pierre... I know, bags everywhere on DP. I wonder if they came from the same factory?

Kris, ya lah. I pun noticed the stitching is better. Still wouldn't be caught dead carrying one at one of my frou-frou events though ;)

Annie and Jazzy, hope the tips come in handy one day.

Midnite, your sister must have a lot of bags then!

Ruth, Kala, Olivier, Irrendento ... thanks for popping in ;)

8:50 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Funny! They look just liek the ones in Chinatown in sydney, or on the streets of Barcelona, or Rome! Who would have thought Gucci and Fendi et al would have so many high-end outlets ;-))

8:26 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Hi Edwin!!!!
Incredible coincidence!!!!!!
Like pierre!!!!

But probably all bags are produced there? or in Cina....


Incredible
Ciao
JOE

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edwin, are you a bag person yourself? hmmm

3:42 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Hello Joe, thanks for popping by :)

K'pok, how'd you guess? I do have a weakness for bags. Crumpler, Bally and anything funky I can find in Sg.Wang but never ever call me me a bag lady!

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Rudy Girón said...

So, tell us Edwin, which bag did you haggled?

2:24 PM  

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