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    Clever farang

    On the way back from dropping the kids off, as is my want, I called in the market for some fruity things.
    I try to buy things at different stalls, the women ask, "why do you buy apples from me and oranges from another ?"
    I tell them that her oranges aren't much good, I think this keeps them on their toes as they believe I am a fruit connoisseur.
    Anyway to get on with the real story, the orange lady had a sign up 33 Bt for a kilo and 100 Bt for 3 kilo.
    So I told her a wanted 3 x 1 Kg bags.
    She said "Ooohhh Farang very clever, most people buy 3k for 100 Bt because they think it is cheaper."

    Anyway I thought it was funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    She said "Ooohhh Farang very clever, most people buy 3k for 100 Bt because they think it is cheaper."
    Yep, clever lot the Isaan shoppers. They know a deal when they see one.

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    Went to MK last night had the busboy take my tickets and money. He tells me "645 Baht" (I really hate MK BTW, but that's another thread) Now I'm really impressed this guy added up all them items in 'is itty bitty 'ead, but I'm not so sure of the accuracy, no problem I'll get a itemized receipt and change we can go over it then... Waitress brings my ticket and change for a 1000 baht note, 546 total. Now THATS dyslexia
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    I been buying Isaarn beer which used to 30 Bt a bottle, last week it went up to 35 Bt.
    I thought my local drinking shop was taking the piss but I checked and its 35 Bt every drinking shop.
    Last night I went to get 3 bottles to take home, on the bottle was 33 Bt, so I thought thats sensible, 100 Bt for 3 bottles and tell her keep the change.
    So I gave her 100 Bt, she said 105 Bt.
    Wot? I says, its got 33 Bt on the bottle.
    She said yes one bottle 33 Bt if you want three its 105 Bt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    She said yes one bottle 33 Bt if you want three its 105 Bt.
    so buy one bottle 3 times!

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    No, I just paid the 105 Bt and walked away with my bottles in one hand & scratching my scrotum with the other, Thinking, I will never work these people out.

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    Why were you doing that PP, was the dust settled to one side??

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    She said yes one bottle 33 Bt if you want three its 105 Bt.
    so buy one bottle 3 times!

    Surely if you were to buy one bottle 3 times you pay 99 baht for 1 bottle??

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    scratching my scrotum with the other
    she probably needs extra money from you to disinfect everything that has come into contact with your scrote scratching mitts

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    It's the same in the supermarket.

    If you go for the large pack, it often costs more than the equivalent in small ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    No, I just paid the 105 Bt and walked away with my bottles in one hand & scratching my scrotum with the other, Thinking, I will never work these people out.


    1 beer 33 baht

    3 beers and a scratch 105 baht

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    I went to buy eggs yesterday. I wanted four.

    "Mai dai"

    Why? Because it's three eggs for ten baht and she couldn't figure out how much to charge for four. And, no thanks, I didn't want six.

    I took 3 for 10....

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    Another thing, I am used to staff getting out the calculator to compute the price of ten items of the same kind from the UK, but for a single item...Thailand is 'special'.

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    not really Stroller, that seems to happen everywhere

    I wanted two things yesterday, at $1 each

    out came the calculator

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    On the way back from dropping the kids off, as is my want, I called in the market for some fruity things.
    I try to buy things at different stalls, the women ask, "why do you buy apples from me and oranges from another ?"
    I tell them that her oranges aren't much good, I think this keeps them on their toes as they believe I am a fruit connoisseur.
    Anyway to get on with the real story, the orange lady had a sign up 33 Bt for a kilo and 100 Bt for 3 kilo.
    So I told her a wanted 3 x 1 Kg bags.
    She said "Ooohhh Farang very clever, most people buy 3k for 100 Bt because they think it is cheaper."

    Anyway I thought it was funny.
    I don't get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    I wanted two things yesterday, at $1 each
    Where are you that things are priced in dollars? I thought you lived in Europe and Thailand....

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    ^ It's the reason for why it's so difficult to calculate a foreign currency..

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Scamp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    On the way back from dropping the kids off, as is my want, I called in the market for some fruity things.
    I try to buy things at different stalls, the women ask, "why do you buy apples from me and oranges from another ?"
    I tell them that her oranges aren't much good, I think this keeps them on their toes as they believe I am a fruit connoisseur.
    Anyway to get on with the real story, the orange lady had a sign up 33 Bt for a kilo and 100 Bt for 3 kilo.
    So I told her a wanted 3 x 1 Kg bags.
    She said "Ooohhh Farang very clever, most people buy 3k for 100 Bt because they think it is cheaper."

    Anyway I thought it was funny.
    I don't get it.
    Elaborate Scampy,
    you don't get the funny bit,
    you don't get laid,
    you don't get what ?

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    ^ all of the above!

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    For Scampy:-

    3 Kg = 100 Bt

    1 Kg = 33 Bt............3 x 1 Kg = 99 Bt.

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    No, I think you need to really spell it out for him, SB.

    99bt is less than 100bt, so buying 3 separate kilos is cheaper than buying the 'bargain' 3 kilos by 1bt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain View Post
    No, I think you need to really spell it out for him, SB.

    99bt is less than 100bt, so buying 3 separate kilos is cheaper than buying the 'bargain' 3 kilos by 1bt.
    And, just to make it absolutely clear to Scampy, 1bt is what you get when you subtract 99bt from 100bt

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    ^^
    And to make it slightly more clear, bt stands for Baht which is the currency of which the lady selling the oranges deals in

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red dragon View Post
    ^^
    And to make it slightly more clear, bt stands for Baht which is the currency of which the lady selling the oranges deals in
    It is actually the currency used in this country.

    Thailand, that is.

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    i just had a taxi driver tell me i was smart because i knew my way home
    i still a bit confused about it..

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