A couple of days ago, I went to a local store to buy a floor runner for a hallway. After looking for a while, I finally decided on one and proceeded to bargain the price –a common practice here in Singapore. After much arguing, I actually decided not to buy the rug. It wasn’t anything special and the price was indeed inflated. When the salesman perceived I was backing away, he proceeded to use the old flattery tactic, but having grown up in Latin America I was immune to it.