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“Underground Market”
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Xiangyang Market
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Reviewed August 8, 2015

One of the popular markets in Shanghai, the underground market would allow you to buy cheap souvenirs and paintings. Its not a big place to stroll and its pretty easy to move around but the quality and diversity of the products its quite limited. Easy to reach, you can spend a few hours doing your souvenir shopping here but remember to bargain and bargain hard....

6  Thank RMartinSDXB
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Reviewed August 5, 2015

After living in Shanghai for awhile during college and always making this my first stop whenever I’m back in Shanghai, I figured I’d better give my second home an honest review. I hate to admit it but I’ve spend days in this place, it’s that fun.

For the bargain shopper, this place is Mecca. Just don’t expect to be treated like you're shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue. These people are in here day after day and their job is to fight. So put your big boy pants on, have some coffee and 小笼包 (which is native to Shanghai BTW) and prepare for war.

In general you can get items for between 5-15% of their asking price, SERIOUSLY. But you have to be tough and be willing to walk away.

First piece of advice is to NEVER buy anything until you've checked the prices at at least four other stalls first. Go to the first stall, pick out your item and give them your price, at least 75% less than what they've told you. The faster they meet your price, the more you're getting ripped off. Go to the next stall and quote a price that’s lower, do this until no one will agree, then you know what it’s worth.

Second piece of advice is to always be willing to walk away. If the shop owner won’t budge or maybe calls you a Pàng Zhū simply walk away. Here’s where most people fail, when the owner yells out “Okay okay you price you price for you” they go back. WRONG, they’ve already given you that price so why go back now? Keep walking and see if it gets even lower! If they yell a price you like go back and pay them, if not go back and get it lowered, if it’s still too high, go to the next shop.

Third piece of advice and this is where I see tourists really get hosed. Ff you ever see something you really want and no other stall has it NEVER walk strait up to that item and ask for the price. They know what they have that others don’t, they also know if that if you’ve gone strait to it, you really want it. Simply pick something nearby that you don’t want and ask how much it is. Strange? Here’s why; once they know what you want they will fight tooth and nail for it. If you make it seem like you're looking around at other items they will be less inclined to fight on one particular item, allowing you to then get to the price you want faster.

Fourth piece of advice is to be NICE. If you are nice to them, they will be nice to you. Pinch their kids cheeks, ask them where they are from, where they like to eat, what languages they can speak. Ask them to teach you a few Chinese phrases. You're there to have fun, have some fun and get them to smile. Your deal depends on it!

Good items to buy:

Paintings, Sunglasses, Belts, clothes, phone cases, jackets, souvenir items, anything that does not contain electrical parts.

Things to avoid at all costs:

Shoes, and/or boots. They are simply made too cheaply to trust. Also avoid anything with electrical parts. They are made to last about a month, after that do not expect anything to work. The Beats headphones, fake iPads, flash drives, etc never work. Though having a 4 TB flash drive as a souvenir is pretty cool.

As a general guide I’ve gotten the following items at the following prices.

Sunglasses 15-30 RMB, please look to make sure the lenses match and the paint isn't chipping off. I buy about ten pairs every time I'm there. If you're careful which one you buy and take care of them, they last a long time. Why do I buy ten if they last a long time? I give them away to friends, some break, I lose some, some fall in the lake, etc. At $3 a pair, who really cares?

Boardshorts/ Swimsuits 100-150 RMB, check for lose fabric and tears inside the pockets.

USA Sports Jerseys 150-300 RMB, check to make sure the alignment of the names and numbers are even.

Fake purses: Tell them you want the good ones, if they tell you these are the good ones go to another stall. Continue to do so until someone goes behind a hidden shelf or through a trap door and emerges with something different. Depending on size 150-300 RMB.

Fake silk paintings: Again depending on size 25-150 RMB. I got one last time that’s about four feet tall of a tiger for 30 RMB, but that took 30 min of banter.

Hats: 10-20 RMB, it’s a fabric hat for Pete’s sake.

Souvenirs: Anything red that looks really Chinese is made by the tens of thousands, the only thing I've ever bought was a foot long red dragon and I paid 30 RMB for it in 2010. Every shop has these souvenirs so I would be really aggressive with these.

Hope this helps.

44  Thank nickpreuss
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Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

This underground market is extensive and spans both sides of the exit to the metro. We found the sellers on the side further away from the Science and Technology Museum much less aggressive and it was a more pleasant shopping experience. I went went a group of friends and everyone found something from pearls and shoes and bags and headphones. It's ok to walk away from a sale if the price is too high; guaranteed there will be more vendors with the same product around the corner. Conversely, if you don't see what you want they can run and check with their "friends" to see if they have what you're looking for. It can be helpful to have the seller do a quick search if you have something specific in mind. As always, bargain hard and it's ok to say no!

1  Thank WhereTheSnowsGo
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Reviewed July 7, 2015

Easy to get too undercover market on Metro line 2. Copy and souvenir goods available. Bartering in every shop is a must and remember it's a "copy" and it's not leather regardless of promises or burning with a lighter, if it's electronic it's going to be poor quality and it will fail, sooner rather than later so pay what you think is reasonable or walk away. There is no hard and fast rule for "offer" prices as "start prices" vary enormously, you have "tourist, expat, local and sucker prices" so just enjoy the experience and have fun. Note: before paying always check your purchase thoroughly, if it's electrical/electronic ask for it to be plugged in and tried etc. Pop your head out the back of the market for the "wow" factor when seeing the "Science and Technology Museum" for the first time. Yada Pearl Market which you should stumble upon in the market is worth walking around if you are interested in costume jewellery or pearls. Overall it's worth a visit for the experience but it is very easy to come away either being ripped off or feeling ripped off.

2  Thank awayalot Z
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Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

I love the purses, luggage bags, office bags, school bags, watches, Ties, and the list is long

every year I buy these 95% of them have turned out to be very good except, head phones and electronic toys

U have to Bargain hard to get Best and nvr ask person, for much did he get same stuff u bought :))

1  Thank KYIC
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