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It is not random. I say "ciao" only in an italian restaurant or to younger people with non-german roots. In every day (northern) german life I say "Tschüss". I am german btw.
There is no "rule" that defines how to answer when being greeted. Actually, it's a matter of personal taste and the situation. I actually never say "Ciao" (or the German "Tschau") myself, but I often use "Tschüss". That's why I'd always answer "Tschüss", no matter whether the other person said "Tschüss" or "Tschau". One exception is when being greeted very ...
I don't assume this is due to different meanings. While I can't prove it, I guess, that this might be a consequence of school drill starting in primary school to avoid word repetitions (and in your example: less sounding like an echo or a parrot). In the printed media this is especially prominent, where an article concerning Berlin will surely switch to ...
There are some parameters like formality, or how well you know each other, but within these, it's really just random. In this case, formality is referring to "Auf Wiedersehen" vs. "Tüdelüü". Both are informal to the same extent. Tschüss is genuinely German, whereas the other was adopted from Italian. I've often heard older people say "tschüss", can't say ...
In meinem Schwabenland sagt man "die Butter". "Der Butter" sagt auf der Ostalb kein Mensch. Und wenn man es schwäbisch sagt, dann gibt es kein der oder die, es heißt z.B. "Gib mer mol da Butter" oder "Gib mer mol d'Butter". Hin und wieder gefolgt von einem "..., bitte".
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