2011-11-4 10:03:35 版主
At the mall.
Anna Garcia is visiting her friend, Grace, in Tampa, Florida.
Grace: Come in and have some coffee, Anna. The kids have just gone out to the mall to hang out with their friends.
Anna: I saw a lot of teenagers when Alan and I were there yesterday.
Grace: They spend hours there, especially on weekends.
Anna: Speaking of that trip, Alan bought a shirt at a department store, but the sleeves are too long. Do you know a seamstress1 or tailor2 who can shorten them?
Grace: I know several. But wouldn’t it be easier to take the shirt back and exchange it for the right size?
Anna: Isn’t that complicated3?
Grace: No, it’s easy. We’ll just take the shirt back to the men’s department and show them the sales slip4. They’ll exchange it for the correct size or give you a refund5.
Anna: We? Do you want to go with me?
Grace: Sure. I love going to the mall.
Anna: What do you do there… hang around6, like the kids?
At most stores, one can always exchange products or even get a refund within a certain amount of time if he or she still has the sales slip and the product is in good condition.
2. Bargain Hunting.
Saturday morning in Atlanta.
Liz: Why are you reading the classifieds7? What do you need?
David: I’m looking for a bookcase, but I don’t want to buy a new one.
Liz: Are you having any luck?
David: Not really. There aren’t any used bookcases listed. But there are a few rummage sales8 on Saturday. I think I’ll go to them.
Liz: Do you mind if I go with you?
David: Not at all. These private sales are great places to bargain. And sometimes you can find terrific things among all the junk.
Liz: I learned to negotiate9 from my mother. I thought I was pretty good at bargaining, but I had a problem the other day at Kimble’s Department Store.
David: What happened?
Liz: I wanted to buy a beautiful wool sweater for my girlfriend. It was priced at forty dollars, so I started by offering the salesclerk thirty.
In America, supermarkets usually mail their sales papers to customers. Also flea markets are popular, too. Sometimes you can get a like new name-brand product there at a very low price for a couple of dollars. One of the things that make flea markets appealing to Chinese is that most prices are open to negotiation. It seems to be a Chinese tradition to haggle over the price of virtually anything that is bought.