I'd love to exaggerate and go all "I feel the effects of the economic downturn and *copy and paste online newspaper article here*" I'd rather not act like a smartalec and just say I now have to live on a very tight budget but the experience was worth the while. In the 6 days of working there I have seen many types of customers.
What really made me astonished were the overbearing customers who bargained to cheapen every purchase. Say, this ring containing 20 pearls cost about RM$200? The customer lays her eyes on it, tries it on, likes it and then immediately asks, "You kou ma? (Are there any discounts?/Got diskaun anot?)"
The first few times I was surprised we could even negotiate prices in jewellery shops, I thought everything was fixed. I'm not one to bargain, if I were to reeeally like something I would save my money and buy it without a question. My first thought isn't to haggle, if it's a sale, all the better.
Some aunties are so thick-skinned they'd ask for something free when they bought two or more items with a sum of RM500, not small gifts but bangles or other ornaments equivalent to what they bought. One I particularly remember asking that if she brought her friend to buy a pearl necklace whether she could get a 50% discount off a white shell bracelet.
Pendants, necklaces, rings, bangles, basically everything a thrifty customer wants would pettily bargain down the price to such a ridiculous amount and what's even crazier is my ex-colleagues would accept the deal out of desperation. My head, my head would be screaming, "WHAT A MORON, YOU MORON, MORONS. WHAT?! GAWD, YOU CAN'T. BE POSSIBLY. DOING..." And I'd be coyly smiling calculating the amount of losses my employer would experience.
I am wearing over a thousand dollars worth of semi-precious-stone rings on my hand. Limme try to remember what I've learned...garnet, citrine,peridot and amethyst. How expensive the ring is depends on the quality of the silver, design of the ring and cutting/size of the gems.Those are rather a little pricey but I thought they were reasonable. It's not sky-high like a thousand and over but a couple of hundred bucks or more. It's just unreasonable how customers want the real deal and not pay the money for it. Don't buy lah, get those plastic ones they're still pretty anyways. If you don't want value for money get quantities in a quarter of it's price. Like these Dragon Balls for 8 ringgit each.