How it works:
- Version 1: items popular with tourists (e.g. carpets, ceramics, Argan oil) sold at major touristy markets are generally fake. Fake claims such as this carpet is 50 years old or from a certain tribe will be made.
- Version 2: a scammer claims to be here to buy rugs to sell back home for a good profit. He offers to bring you around and claims to be able to help you get a huge discount.
Places to beware:
- Agadir: Agadir Beach, Seafront promenade, Agadir Kasbah
- Casablanca: Old Medina of Casablanca
- Chefchaouen: Chefchaouen Medina
- Essaouira: Medina of Essaouira
- Fes: Medina of Fez, Fes el-Bali, Chouara Tannery
- Marrakech: Ben Youssef Madrasa, Jemaa El-Fnaa
- Tangier: Medina of Tangier, Tangier Casbah
- Tetouan: Medina of Tetouan
What to do:
- Items: argan oil sold at souks/street vendors are generally just vegetable oil. Get the real thing at pharmacies instead. As for kilim rugs, fakes are woven from a cotton dyed with natural dyes, not with silk.
- Places to check out: Ensemble Artisanal shopping complex near the main Jemaa El-Fnaa square, Gueliz and Sidi Ghanem for more interesting items.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (leading day tours platform globally) has a few shopping tours.