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200 – 남대문 Rude Clothing Cart

September 2, 2011
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Finally our much-delayed 200th recording!  Today’s post is one of the most entertaining salesman I’ve come across in my three years of living in Korea.  This guy (who is wearing pink in the photo) had his ‘shop’ parked in the middle of Namdaemun Market in central Seoul.  What amounted to little more than a handcart with a heap of unfolded clothes on it attracted middle-aged women like moths to a lantern, probably more because of the seller’s antics than for any unbelievable deals.  Constantly running his mouth and throwing clothes about, the man used very direct speech with no polite endings (For instance, ‘If you think it’s expensive, don’t buy it.  I don’t care.’), which in any other circumstance would have been considered extremely rude.  But instead of turning away potential customers, this turned into a kind of comedy act that sold (literally) heaps of clothes.  (200 – Namdaemun Clothing Cart)

Recorded 8/20/11, 4:03PM (local time)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2011 5:13 am

    well if the customers are usually older females, some salesmen can use impolite terms to appeal to their young, cute side (it would be like “noona, buy this.”)
    It’s one of the sales tactics. he’s not being rude.

  2. charis permalink
    September 9, 2011 4:50 am

    Awesome. Haggling is the quintessential Namdaemoon shopping experience. I know my mom frequents there at least once a month and wonder if she could have been there when you were recording this.
    Thanks for being my vicarious ears for familiar sounds of my hometown. Keep up the good work and I look forward to your next post!

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