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Intermediate English
Lesson 10 - Shopping
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English Reading Exercise

Review of Key Words
negotiate   
smart
purchase   
rate

 

Bargaining

Bargaining, negotiating the price between the seller and the buyer, is common in many parts of the world. In the United States it is not very common. In stores in the United States the price of an object is usually not negotiable. You can usually bargain , however, when purchasing a car, especially a used car. You can significantly lower the price of the car through some smart bargaining. You can also usually bargain in flea markets (markets where people sell used things). Sometimes people are surprised to find out that you can bargain in some unexpected places. I've heard of people bargaining for a cheaper hotel rate and even when purchasing a computer.

At the Flea Market
Identify the order of the parts of the dialog. Write the number of the order in the box.

a. I'll give you $17 for it.

b. Ok. I'll wrap it for you.

c. How much does this vase cost?

d. Twenty five dollars.

e. It's a quality vase. It's an antique. I'll tell you what. Since you seem very interested I'll sell it to you for $20.

f. How about $15?

g. Twenty five dollars?! That's too expensive! I could buy a new vase for cheaper than that!

h. I can't sell it for $15! $18 is as low as I can go.

 

Writing

Write a dialog of a seller and a buyer negotiating a price. Write on a paper or on our blog.

     

 

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