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LAMPS - Essaouira

LAMPS

Street stalls: Not so traditional local craft

Unfortunately Essaouira becomes more and more a tourist trap referring to local handicraft. There are a lot of not so traditional local products on sale there.

What to buy: Look at my picture, please. I saw a number of lamps, in metal (which was very, very rusty) or in thin leather. Just a few examples of not so local craft but... if you like it, why not to buy one?

What to pay: Bargain, bargain, bargain. Good luck :-).

Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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LOCAL WOODEN ITEMS - Essaouira

LOCAL WOODEN ITEMS

Street stalls: Traditional local craft

There are a lot of stalls on tourist trails/streets od Essaouira open since early morning till dusk. The exhibitions of wood works are quite impressive.

What to buy: Local wooden handicraft like drums, plates etc. The first prices seemed very attractive for me - lower than in other destinations in Morocco.

What to pay: Bargain, bargain, bargain. Good luck :-).

Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 4, 2006
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SHOPPING ON THE STREET - Essaouira

SHOPPING ON THE STREET

Shops and street stalls in the medina: BARGAINING is a great fun :-)

If you don't want over-pay (hmm... what does it mean?) you must bargain. The first price is always higher than the real last price, sometimes even twice higher. Natives are real artists of bargaining and great observers of their foreign customers. So, look at them and learn haha.



A few advices:

1. Never hurry up, be patient and always keep smiling :-), keep in mind that shopping in Morocco takes more time than eating in France :-)

2. Try to be the first consumer in the morning (especially on Monday); some locals believe that the first good deal makes them good luck for the rest of a day/week thus they are ready to lower price more that time.

3. Try not to use English language, use French or Spanish or better none LOL. One of the first question is: where are you from. The highest price - not only the first one - is given for English speaking, American tourists especially. Natives think they are rich and can pay much more. Well, in the past Russian worked well but it changed...

4. Never pay special attention to the item you really want to buy - the natives are perfect observers.

5. If you buy more items be twice more patient and ask a seller to lower price again and again.

6. Do not refuse if they want to give you a tea (usually mentha tea with a lot of sugar) or something else to drink, be patient.

7. Never say in words or in your face that the price seems attractive to you.

8. If you are satisfied with your shopping give the seller a small gift: a cigarette, pen, sticker (label) etc. They love it. Optionally you can take a picture with your seller and ask him for an address to send the picture. Warnings:
- the address will be mostly written in Arabic letters,
- be sure that your picture will be displayed in a street stall/shop.
Anyway, next time you will be a special costumer. They have a very good memory for faces of their customers.

HAVE A GOOD FUN AND HAPPY SHOPPING :-).


What to buy: Local craft - do enlarge my picture, please.

What to pay: Less than you can even imagine :-).


Directions: In the old town - the medina.

Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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