Silk Street

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Silk Street Beijing Reviews

lady_joanne85 lady_joa…
6 reviews
The Cheap Bargain "Branded" Goods Feb 15, 2010
So this is like a must-visit shopping center in Beijing. You will find almost everything you want here. This 5 stories building have it all. Start from

Level 1

Shoes - any kind of shoes from any kind of brand start from ladies shoes, party shoes until winter shoes and boots

Bags - oooo... I don't have to explain this. From LV, Hermes to local brand

Level 2 & 3 - Clothes

Clothes for men, women and kids.

Level 4 - Electronic, Watch, Art and Accessories

Please beware that the electronic you find here is totally FAKE, you will find a knock off Iphone and Digital Camera SLR here. When you see the product, you can't tell the different but inside, you will be disappoint a lot. So if you want to look cool with a new iphone, buy it for less than 500RMB

Level 5 - Silk and Pearl

This shopping center have everything but remember always BARGAIN FOR 20% OF THE FIRST PRICE OR LESS. For shoes and bags is less than 100RMB a pair, but they will offer you for 1000RMB. For handphone is about 200RMB.
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Denni says:
Can u give me more detailed price and what day is the best to go there
Posted on: Mar 31, 2012
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easyjobrob easyjobr…
9 reviews
Jun 13, 2007
I love travelling in China, yes, yes I know all about the human rights etc.. but you really must get there and see it before capitalism and the olympics destroys it..anyway, more of that in later posts and reviews. Despite my dislike of the capitalisation of China this post is about one of the most capitalist outposts in Beijing. The Silk Market (also known as silk alley) is in the centre of Beijing. When I first went to China in 2001 it was really an alleyway with some great little stalls but then the govt. decided to replace it with a Mall. Boo hoo etc..was the general opinion of that but having been recently to the revamped locale I can say it has improved. There are now 5 floors of "quality tat", fake designer clothing, bags, shoes, electronics etc.. and good deals can be had.

The general prices have risen slightly over the years but it is still good value, indeed my fav Diesel Bag (a fake) has easliy outlasted the genuine item I got in the states. The tricks to gettting a good deal in the Silk Market are:

1. Don't want the item too much

2. Expect the trader to ask for about 1000% more than they are worth

3. Always be mis-trustful of the origin or genuine nature of the item...it IS a fake.

4. You will see that there are at least 30 other stalls offering the same items..they are mainly in competition with each other so play them off against each other.

5. At the first stall you go to offer a ridiculously low price..they ask for Y1000 you offer Y20, they will be offended but you just watch the price tumble.

6. Tell them you are not a tourist and that you work at the local embassy.

7. They ask for Y750, you still ask for Y20.

8. They ask for Y500, you offer Y20.

9. If they give up then raise your price to Y40.

10. They ask for Y300, you offer Y40.

11. They ask for Y200, you offer Y40.

12. They offer Y100, you offer Y40.

13. They say no..you walk away!!!

14. They will most probably chase you and offer Y90..just walk away..go to another stall.

15. At that stall you tell them you are interestd but only at Y50. You will still need to bargain with them but if they will not go below Y90 then walk away.

16. At another stall offer Y60, get them to Y90 and then offer Y80 as a final price. If they take it then you have done OK, if not, go to another stall and offer Y90 but do not pay any more.

Do not worry about hurting their feelings, they will not sell you an item at a loss and even if they break even they will be happy, they will also hope you will come back. Always use the huge numbers of stalls to check prices and get the best deal.

Enjoy it, it is fun and if you do get a good deal make sure you bring your friends to the stall as a reward to the stall holder, they will get good deals and the stall holders will learn not to try to rip off us travellers.

Happy bargaining!!!!
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princeza_9 princeza…
40 reviews
Oct 22, 2007
I left the price at average because you can get decent prices if you're willing to bargain and bargain HARD. The sales people are pushy and have nothing against grabbing your arm. And don't be surprised if you hear them speaking other languages- I know I heard Spanish and I'm pretty sure I heard German. So trying to feign ignorance of their words won't work well.

Pushy sales people aside, there are good fakes there. Just remember, what you're looking at are FAKES. That's why I have no qualms about getting their prices down.

If you go here, you need to bargain and not back down even if it means you might lose the item you want. The thing about Silk Street is that you can always find it at another stall if you're willing to look. I was willing to walk away from a Diesel shirt that I *really* wanted but wasn't willing to spend much more than 200RMB on. The guy wanted 1800... and I got him down to 220.

So I can't say it enough...bargain HARD!
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kellymcfly says:
thats a faux coach silly, not a gucci. ps you amaze me. pss thats not easy.
Posted on: Nov 20, 2007
mountaingirl says:
Looks like you had a great time there. I had quite some bargains there too :-)
Posted on: Oct 22, 2007

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