How it works:
- Version 1: at markets, items usually do not have prices listed. Depending on how rich you look, different levels of inflated prices will be quoted.
- Version 2: vendor claims that the initially agreed upon price is for one person, not for the whole group.
- Version 3: vendor claiming that the price is in Pounds Sterling, not Egyptian pounds; or that is it $1 and after you have paid, claim that it is $100.
- Version 4: claiming that the credit card terminal is down, and can only accept foreign currencies where an unfavourable exchange rate is used.
- Version 5: claiming no change.
Places to beware:
- Aswan: markets
- Cairo: Khan Khalili Market
- Giza: stalls at Pyramids of Giza; camel rides
- Hurghada: Senzo Mall
- Luxor: caleche rides, markets
- Sharm El Sheikh: SOHO Square, Old Market, Na,ama Bay
What to do:
- Fair price: check different shops or with your hotel/hostel/driver. Then, bargain hard.
- Fixed price shops: another alternative to avoid the hassling; e.g. Cairo (Cairo Festival City Mall, City Stars Mall, Mall of Arabia Cairo); Giza (Topaz Bazaar); Luxor (Caravanserai, Habiba, Fair Trade Luxor); Hurghada (Cleopatra).
- Alternatively, GetYourGuide (leading day tours platform) has popular shopping tours involving Khan El Khalili.