Garpo Posted January 13, 2012 Posted January 13, 2012 (edited) I just wanted to post a short story about what I call the foreigner tax that most of us usually end up paying here in the Philippines and in my opinion is becoming more and more of a problem that those who are planning on visiting or moving to the Philippines should be aware of if they are not already.I took a trip to the barber shop today to get what is left of my hair trimmed. As I was waiting for my turn a Filipino that must have seen me through the window came in and was packing some cookware. He came straight to me and ask me if I would buy some from him. Just to be polite I asked him how much and looked at the items while I was waiting. He told me 1500 peso for the set. Being the wise foreigner that I think I am, I figured that he was asking double the price so I asked him if he would consider 800 peso at which he acted offended and took his stuff and left the shop. While I was getting my haircut my wife came to the shop to meet up with me. After I got done and we were leaving the shop we saw the man waiting outside the shop and I at first thought that maybe he was now willing to sell the cookware at my offered price. To my surprise he looked even more offended and walked off.When I started to tell my wife about him coming into the shop and asking me to buy some of his cookware my wife (Lhaine) asked me how much the man told me the cookware would cost. I told her that he wanted 1500 and I had offered him 800 and he turned me down. Lhaine started to laugh at me and when I asked her what was so funny she told me that she also had been stopped by the man before she came into the shop and that she turned him down also after he offered to sell her the same items for 500 peso, which she felt was to much.Just something to ponder and maybe some other smart foreigners like me can add their stories to this thread. Edited January 13, 2012 by Garpo 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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