How it works:
- A tout claims to know the best sellers and can help you get a “local” price, or wants to offer you Turkish Tea.
- He then brings you to a shop peddling lousy quality carpets (made overseas) at inflated prices.
- Version 1: fake claims will be made and fake certifications will be shown. Some even use names such as “government carpet factory” to sound credible.
- Version 2: showing a good quality carpet but swapping to one of inferior quality that is sealed or sent to your home country after you pay.
- Version 3: price quote scam.
Places to beware:
- Antalya: Kaleici
- Cappadocia: Urgup
- Istanbul: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet District, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar
- Kusadasi: Orient Bazaar, Kusadasi Market
- Marmaris: Grand Bazaar
What to do:
- Learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff: e.g. origin of carpet, how old it is, handmade or machine made, material, natural or chemical dyes, knot density of at least 120-160 knots per square inch).
- Visit reputable shops, or engage a local professional for help. GetYourGuide (best day tours platform in Europe) has some such shopping tours.