"papyrus 'institutes' and alabasta factories" scams Tip by chigna
scams, Luxor: 17 reviews and 5 photos
your guide, taxi driver or new best friend will take you to one or both of these places at least once on your visit. They are interesting but intimidating places.
Unique Suggestions: papyrus 'institute/museum/factory'
first they will show you how the stuff is made. This is the best bit..enjoy it if you havent managed to get out of entering the place by claiming you have all the papyrus you could ever need. Unless you actually want to buy any, and they do make nice souveniers and they are genuine, not banana leaves, here, claim the above...you have some....
the only place i ever felt pressured into buying anything, then the sales man moaned i hadnt spent very much and then complained i hadnt given him a big enough tip.
i did not unpack the carefully wrapped package of stauettes until i returned home. There were 3 missing and the remaining ones were not the ones we had choosen. Nefatiti's nose was straight on the one we chose!
Advice. Stay in the van/coach/taxi and if you do buy anything, check them wrapping it, or unwrap it before you leave the shop.
Fun Alternatives: the alabasta is only a few pence dearer from the shops....and if all else fails, buy it and any other soveniers from the airport departure lounge...its fixed price and wonderfully easy...lol
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