Comic art by Iris Yan, one of my favorite Blogger bloggers - girlfriend to Alex Noriega, another favorite Blogger blogger.
I know this sounds quite familiar to you, reader.
Why do we tip bigtime at posh restaurants when we know they obviously make tons more money than cheap cafés?
Why do we tip big at fancy restaurants and not leave any at the local karinderia (quick-serve restaurant)?
Then again, why don't we mind paying a full price at the department store while we argue our asses off to bargain for the lowest possible price at the palengke (locality market)?
This culture is a little confusing, don't you think?
Of course, about the latter, merchants normally have higher-than-normal price-labels at the outset. This is clearly because they expect customers to bargain. You can't help but bargain, anyway, if you really want to buy something. It's a culturally defined system of purchasing and you can't beat it.