A few weeks ago I bought an inkjet printer. I obviously did some printing for a project and now have run out of black ink. So here I have my first opportunity to buy a replacement cartridge.
I bought the printer at a department store, so it would be easy for me to go there and pick up a replacement cartridge but the price would probably be a little high. I decided to try a local guy and see what this adventure would be like.
He didn’t have my type and when I asked, he made a call and call and told me he could get one in 10mins and that it would cost me 20,000 won. I asked if he could do it for 18,000 and he agreed. So now I am sitting in the store, completely by myself, waiting for him to return as he took off on his moped to get it from someone.
Less than 10mins later he was back and I have an Epson cartridge in my printer and it prints fine again.
In Eastern countries, everything can be bargained for, with the only exception being major department stores of course. Then again, those types of stores account for an incredibly small percentage of retail purchases.