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haggled • market stall • deal
trick to it
  1. It was my first week of work, so I had to learn about company policies and that whole .
  2. He wanted $30 for this sweater, but I him down to about $15.
  3. The over there is where I always buy my fruit.
  4. This door won't open. Is there a or something?
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602 Bairgain Shopping
Joel and Tom discuss shopping for goods in Thailand and when to bargain.

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You have to haggle to get the price lower.

When you 'haggle' with someone who is selling something, you negotiate a price for something that you want to buy. Notice the following:

  1. In some places, haggling is considered offensive.
  2. The price was so cheap to start with that I didn't even want to haggle.

a market stall

When I walk up to a market stall, I just look for what I want and buy it.

A 'market stall' is usually a table with something to protect it from the sun. It is an informal shop where people sell fruits, vegetables, food, clothes, etc. on the street. These stalls are usually put up in the morning and taken down at the end of the day. Notice the following:

  1. I actually sell these hats in a market stall, so each day I'm in a new location.
  2. My favorite place to get soup is a little market stall that is only open on Saturdays.

whole deal

Once you start that whole deal, it could take quite a long time.

Here, 'whole deal' refers to the long process involved in haggling. Notice the following:

  1. I don't understand the whole deal about transferring from one bus to another. Can you explain it again?
  2. Sorry I'm a little late. I had to go through the whole deal of explaining my plans to my parents.

trick to it

I just learned a trick to it that really works.

The 'trick to something' is what makes it work in an easier or faster way. Notice the following:

  1. My stereo doesn't work unless you know the trick to it.
  2. This game is a lot easier once you learn the trick to it.