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It isn't difficult to Google "Black Printer Cartridge" in Thai.

No. But is inadvisable to expect Google translate to provide anything other than entertaining nonsense.

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Who gives a shit ,,if you show them the old one and they don't know what you want they are just stupid or they don't want to help you, you are right just walk out & go to an other shop where the costumer service is better!

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I think both ow mai and me mai are ok ow mai is asking to get it (assuming the store has it) and me mai is asking if they do have it. I am learning thai so i may be wrong also.

You are wrong. Ow mai is asking if they want it. I am sure they didnt want any empty printer cartridges

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Callaway you are wrong.... ow mai has many meanings depending on the tone.... do you want it? I will take a new one. Take some wood.. etc.

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Not two people agree on the correct terminology yet all critisize the OP. Stick to same same OP, you will have more success by the sounds of it.

Ignoring the OP's lack of Thai.

Did he really expect someone to guess what model or even brand of cartridge it was from just the shape and size?

Is he not aware that there are countless varieties of printer cartridge and new ones all the time which are not compatible with previous printers.

You need the brand of printer and the cartridge code (not the printer model).

Just showing them an old cartridge is pointless and (OP) I can tell you it would be in Hong Kong and Singapore too.

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I think both ow mai and me mai are ok ow mai is asking to get it (assuming the store has it) and me mai is asking if they do have it. I am learning thai so i may be wrong also.

You are wrong. Ow mai is asking if they want it. I am sure they didnt want any empty printer cartridges

Not necessarily. This phrase can also mean 'I want a new one', or 'i want some wood'. Perhaps staff in an IT shop would understand that this wasn't what the customer was expecting, but you never know in Thailand. I tend to go with the path of least resistance, or the simplest phrase that gets my point across. So, pointing to what you're holding and saying 'Mee a ni mai Krap?' is pretty much idiot proof. Learning the phrase for 'printer cartridge' and then asking 'mee (printer cartridge) mai krap?' is the next easiest. Neither requires much effort, and both are 100 times more effective than wandering into a shop in Thoeng, a rural area, and saying 'same same' to people who are very unlikely to have daily interaction in English of any sort.

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They probably had the printer cartridge except the ones they had were full of ink so not really same same at all.

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Should have spoke Thai mate piece of piss then.

9 years to learn same same.

I have simply walked into a suitable shop with the brand of printer, and cartridge number written in English script on a piece of paper and normally get a 'no have' (English sometimes, Thai others) or they go search them out for me. Some shop assistants seem to fear farangs and others like to mess them around. I have also used the 'same same' method often and quite successfully at my nearby hardware shop. But there they seem all to be genuinely helpful. I live near a tourist town, non-Thai speakers should be expected and accommodated.

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Should have spoke Thai mate piece of piss then.

9 years to learn same same.

in fairness to the OP you think they would of got it, if there that stupid, even if he could speak Thai with a farang ascent you think the morons would of understood him ?

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I don't have a problem with the OP, his strategy has worked for him for 9 years.

What is hilarious, and the highlight of my morning is the advice he was given. Priceless.

This will work.

Kuhn me ahn nee ru mai?

Of course if you do this they will likely ask you something in Thai, and then it all goes pear shaped.

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I usually have a lot of fun shopping for something in CR....especially if i don't know the thai word or they can't understand my pitiful pronunciation....most fun of all is playing charades and trying to act out what you're looking for to the amusement of a gang of employees and other thai shoppers who often gather around to try and guess what the crazy falang wants..

one of my best was at big C meat counter when i wanted to see if they have bone scraps to feed a dog....i already knew it was going to be tough with "ma" but after me doing my best barking and growling and "ruff ruff" imitations to no avail some thai lady took me by the hand and led me to the dog food section....

part of the fun of living in Chiang Rai for me...

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Should have spoke Thai mate piece of piss then.

9 years to learn same same.

in fairness to the OP you think they would of got it, if there that stupid, even if he could speak Thai with a farang ascent you think the morons would of understood him ?

If you 'speak Thai with a farang accent', you're not actually speaking Thai at all, just making noises that sound like Thai but make no sense.

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Should have spoke Thai mate piece of piss then.

9 years to learn same same.

in fairness to the OP you think they would of got it, if there that stupid, even if he could speak Thai with a farang ascent you think the morons would of understood him ?

If you 'speak Thai with a farang accent', you're not actually speaking Thai at all, just making noises that sound like Thai but make no sense.

I assume you are suggesting you speak Thai with no accent at all then.

My wife frequently talks to farangs who speak Thai. As we have many friends with acceptable fluency. She often comments on their accents later. Also she says our daughter's Thai sounds like a farang speaking Thai with an accent. So what you say sounds presumptuous.

For myself, I am certain I have an outrageous accent, but regardless, I can communicate in Thai and be understood.

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I assume you are suggesting you speak Thai with no accent at all then.

I wish.

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If you've been here 9 years and believe "it can't get any worse than this" I would guess you don't get out very often. Or you lead a very charmed life. This seems typical day to day stuff. Try going to a shoe store to get some shoe laces....

I read a similar post here regarding laces and brought a ten year supply on my next trip. Priceless what can be learned here through others generosity. I learned flip flops and most other footwear doesn't come in size 13 often, even in BKK all on my own after stopping in every shop for days until it sunk in.

I brought enough footwear this time to hold me for awhile as well.

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