Haggling in Korea - Yongsan's 'Black Market'

Walking the streets of Korea, you will notice you are being bombarded everywhere by things to buy. One of the advantages of being a consumer in this type of atmosphere is that merchants are the ones that have to compete for your business. Just simply walking away will make some merchants chase after you to offer a "discount." The nice thing is that it just doesn't apply to street merchants, but to brick-and-mortar shops. There are some major chains you wouldn't be able to haggle in (i.e. Homeplus). However, if you are gutsy enough to try, and ready to walk away, you can score some nice discounts throughout Korea.

When you are purchasing electronics, you'll find that it's a lot cheaper to purchase in Korea versus overseas. Part of this is due to the "extra" electronic taxes they place upon some items. If you are looking to buy some type of electronic THE place to do it is in Yongsan. Right off Yongsan station in Seoul, you will be able to not only find any type of electronics imaginable, but be able to knock off some won on the original price...Continue Here

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The Korea Times _ muchung June 11, 2011 at 12:15 AM  

Hello! I am a reporter from The Korea Times Chung Min-uck. We are looking for some foreign writers who can contribute to our Opinion section’s Thoughts of the Times.
If you are available and want to know more about it, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can talk further about the issue through E-mail or on the phone.

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Kimberly Hiller June 13, 2011 at 3:35 AM  

Hi Min-uck,

Thank you for contacting me! I have sent you an e-mail. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Kimberly

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