i AM the bargaining queen of bangkok ;)
One of the things that worried me about coming to Asia was having to learn to bargain. But alas, I quickly picked it up, and actually enjoyed it. It’s all a big game. Pretend to walk off, and you get a tap on the shoulder and a “Ok, Ok” and they make sure you’re aware that they won’t be making any money on this sale, although highly unlikely. And you’ve just clinched you’re deal. You walk away satisfied with your new set of chopsticks, with napkins included.
So fair enough, bargaining for souvenirs and fake Gucci handbags. But bargaining for a gym membership?!?!?!
Our membership at the Olympic Club run out today… and quite frankly we never went often enough, it was just an effort to wake up and make the trek. So, we’d been eyeing up the California Fitness at the end of our road for a few months. We know we’d go far more often, only having to walk 5 minutes to get to it.
Today we went to check it out. I’d already been warned by a colleague that we’d have to bargain. He pays 1,100 baht per month for his Gold Membership. Good ammunition. But BLOODY HELL it was a battle I tell you. A battle of wits.
A really nice girl showed us around and then her first offer given to us was a membership fee of 7000 baht plus 2,500 per month. Then it reduced to no membership fee, then girl number two came in and it went down to 1,499 per month. I still went on about my friend only paying 1,100 per month. So bitchy girl number 3 from hell waltzes in, fangs out and all and tells us that it’s the lowest they can go.
I ask if we can have some time to think… like an hour. The answer is an incredulous NO! It’s now or never. I HATE THESE KIND OF SALES TACTICS and almost walk out. After more aggressive talk, they give us a few moments alone. I get up to call the Olympic to find out their current offer (not bad, 24,000 baht for the two of us), during my absence, number 3 bitch troll from hell approaches ‘him’ and asks him what he thinks of the club and presents a new offer of 1,166 per month. And we accept.
Hard work, a lot of hard work that was. I need a nap after that.