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‚ÄčAn Australian Creative Director and Strategist fumbles through life in America. Live from New York.

An Australian Creative Director and Strategist fumbles through life New York City.

In China, it's Negotiable.

I am in the middle of negotiating my lease, so I can finally move out of my hotel/iPad (seriously, my hotel room is like living in a first generation iPod - all white laminate and silver metal). It is a fucking horrendous experience: but I have learnt a valuable lesson: in China, assume you are being screwed. And constantly threaten to walk away.

This applies with everything from a housing lease through to fruit in a market. Not speaking Mandarin is a huge downside to this technique. But so far, this tactic has seen a totally unfair lease come to include all the furniture it should, broadband internet, heating fees and satellite TV. In other words, by being a dick, I’ve actually gotten a fair deal.

Hmmmmmm.