Translation:They want to overprice the American tourists.
Firstly, I think the word you are looking for is 'overcharge', 'overprice' kinda makes it sound like you are selling the tourists! And secondly, I didn't experience this when I visited Vietnam. Despite struggling somewhat with the currency (which would have given the opportunity to rip me off several times) the sellers all actually helped me to find the correct note and always gave me back the right change. The only time I felt overcharged was at a rest stop where you had to buy something to use the bathroom, but I then did the sums and realised that while the chocolate bar I bought was expensive for Vietnam it was actually very cheap compared to back home!
Sad to say, but that was my experience exactly. I can understand why some Western tourists have a unpleasant time in Vietnam. However, learning the language is the best way not to get ripped off!
On the whole, not particularly. But there definitely were some good moments. I especially liked my time in the Hmong populated areas in and around Sapa. Really beautiful up there. In a way, experiencing new and unique cultures, foods, and architecture made the trip worthwhile in itself.
I only visited North Vietnam, but I've been told by some of my friends that people in the South are a little bit more welcoming to Western tourists. Don't know if others have had that experience. Since I tend to travel to Korea quite often, I will likely stop by Vietnam again. Hopefully knowing some more of the language will make my next trip more enjoyable.
Remind me of this travel blog... http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/why-ill-never-return-to-vietnam/