Tips to Bargain in Egypt

Shisha, ©YXO/Flickr

Shisha, ©YXO/Flickr

Visiting a foreign country tourists always come home with lots of souvenirs and memories bought for friends, family or their own selves. Sometimes they spend a large amount of money without even know that could have been less. It is good to know some tips to avoid scamming, and how to bargain, especially in Egypt. Selling and buying goods in Egypt, some people believe since ancient times, has always been a ritualized where the aim is not only haggling to get a cheaper price, but an affair in which the seller and the buyer would bargain so both of them would be happy at the very end. Let’s see some basic tips to bargain in Egypt.

Offer Half Price for the Item

Among the best practices to use for bargaining in Egypt, and maybe in many markets all over the world, is that when you find an item that really interests you, especially if it’s an expensive product, is to offer the seller half the price the seller has identified for the item. Of course the shop owner will not accept half the price and would stick to his full price telling the tourists how expensive and good his products are and sometimes he would lower the price a little bit.

Bargaining for Bangals, ©VinceHuang/Flickr

Bargaining for Bangals, ©VinceHuang/Flickr

The tourist, on the other hand, should actually do the same and offer the shop owner a price that is a bit higher than the last one he proposed. Afterwards, it is always a good idea to make to walk away which would often dramatically lower the price of the products.

Be Prepared for a Long Bargain Process

The markets and bazaars of Egypt offer the tourists with a large wonderful collection and mix of products, souvenirs, and gifts to choose from. However, the quality of the products sold may vary greatly from one place to another and according to the prices as well. This is why the guests should be ready for a long bargain process in many cases.

The Art of Bargaining, ©JasonDGreat/Flickr

The Art of Bargaining, ©JasonDGreat/Flickr

Buy a Traditional Shisha

The most well-known item to buy in Egypt is definitely the traditional Shisha. The Egyptian waterpipe is a fixture in every coffee house and it would make a magnificent gift. Decorated with stainless steel or brass fittings, the Shisha a special tobacco that is packaged inside a clay pot, which is worth to bargain for.

Shisha, ©YXO/Flickr

Shisha, ©YXO/Flickr

The seller or the owner of the shop would traditionally invite the tourists for a cup of tea or coffee while turning the place upside down to show off his products in the best manner possible. However, the tourists should not feel obliged to buy something until they find an item they really like.

 

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