Purchases and price level
Purchases. By quantity and variety of souvenirs Egypt surpasses other countries of North Africa. First of all, these are figures of gods, religious symbols, pyramids and papyrus. The ancient Egyptians deified animals and now on the shelves of souvenir shops and in workshops in the widest assortment are offered sculpters of birds, sacks, beetles, cats and a master, often made from alabasra and papyrus. Especially often merchants offer bustik Tutankhamon (God here) and cat figures. Cat – Goddess Baste, Symbol of joy and fun.
Lightly not at every corner there are shops where the aromatic substances are traded. Buy on the snack oil, stirred his house with alcohol "taste" And so "Chanel number 5" , or "Number 6". Qualitative aromatic oils are sold in specialized centers.
Amazes the abundance of gold and silver jewelry, but their quality is often low. In fact, what can be expected from "Golden" ring . $ 5.
Ordinary thing – fake. The most common – "papyrus" from rice paper or banana leaves with stamped pattern. In the glance, it looks even better than the real – there are no dark fibrous engines in it. But if the fake is minimized, it breaks, which does not happen to the real papyrus.
About 10 l.E. Traders can make a map, that is, put a name or a name of a tourist on papyrus.
The quality of the papyrus, of course, matters. But no less important drawing. Let’s say to get a portrait of Nefertiti on the banana in the FAS more interesting than buy it on a papyrus in a profile that is known to the whole world.
In solid stores with relevant prices, the quality of the goods is guaranteed. You can trust the stores where tourists will be delivered by the guides themselves, although the cost of goods in them is not the lowest. But in the market lavage it is quite possible to be broken.
Tourists Egyptian traders "Split " Very professional. Like half of them speak English and almost every wife from Russia. And not from Moscow or St. Petersburg, but from Nizhnevartovsk or a trading.
For the eastern merchants to sell the goods means not only to get money for it, but also to relent. The initial price never corresponds to the sales, except when a certain figure is fixed on the price tag. There are quite a few stories from how someone managed to bring down the price of five to six times. And the like really happens. But this means only the fact that the seller has appointed the price, so to speak, from "Balds". Really, the price can be knocked down, say, from seventy pounds to forty, but then Arab will be adamable and for thirty five it will not be given to the goods.
Favorite occupation of Egyptian shopkeepers – inspire load. "God here for five pounds expensive? Then take a cat from basalt. This is a black basalt. The most excellent! Four pounds. I will give for two together in with taut. Just seven pounds. And here is the Sphinx. Real Alabaster, Mountain! All for ten pounds and just free the scarab beetle". In order not to dispel the commercial fervor of the Egyptian merchant, do not show him big money. Seeing a solid bill, especially when you need to give out, he will do everything to download the tourist for the rest of the following.
In any case, trading, do not show a special interest in buying. The most disassembled Egyptian minor entrepreneurs on Fridays. It is believed that the next day the tourist leaves.
Sometimes the obsession of merchants causes irritation. In this case, you need to be polite, but decisively adamant.
In February and August, most Egyptian stores arrange seasonal sales. Usually clothes and shoes. At this time, prices fall at 25-50%. Exchange an unsuccessful purchase in many stores can be returned the money back – no.
In the bazaars and bazaarski souvenirs unambiguously cheaper. The largest bazaar in Cairo -" Khan-Khalil."
Approximate prices for some souvenirs
– Bookmarks from papyrus – 1 pound;
– Banana picture 20 x 30 cm. – 3 L.E. The same of the papyrus: from 30 L.E;
– PhapiPys Phase: 60 -100 L.E
– Plates – from 10 L.E. Of those not ashamed to bring his wife as a gift – about 40 l.E;
– Pyramids from 5 L.E. thing. But immediately need to take a set of three pieces (Heops, Hefren, Micheryin). Cost pounds at ten.
– Silver – from 5 l.E.
– Gold – from $ 8 / grams;
– Painted Mug in the hotel at the hotel – $ 10 .
– Lithing Bytalk Mineral Water "Baraka": in Hurghada – 1 L.E., In Safaga – 1.4 L.E.
– beer "Stella" (0.33 l) in hotel: normal option 8 l.E., Exhibition – 12 L.E;
– Fresh -1-2 L juice.E. / wineglass ;
– Lost in Hurghada – $ 5-6.
Prices for food and water in Cairo are much lower than in resort cities.
FREE SHOP stores (or Duty Free)
From June 7, 1999. Tourists can take advantage of the Free Shop system stores only within 24 hours after arrival in Egypt and the total shopping cost should not exceed $ 200.
For this amount, upon presentation of a passport, it is allowed to purchase:
– 3 bottles of alcohol (strong drinks, wine, champagne in any set, but no more than three bottles as a whole) or 1 beer box;
– 3 blocks of cigarettes or cigars;
– Perfume, watches and other consumer goods of foreign production.
Gorgeous Egyptian beer "Stella" Sale in FREE Shop stores without restrictions.
Here are the prices of some products in the FREE Shop store in Sharm El Sheikh:
– vodka "Metropolitan" (0.75 l) – $ 5;
– gin "Beefeater" (1l) – $ 9;
– Box of beer "Heiniken" (24 banks) – $ 16;
– beer "Stella" (0.33 l) – 5 l.E. (approximately $ 1.5);
– chocolate "TOLLERANCE" (100 gr) – $ 1.3.
In an ordinary bank supermarket "Coca-Cola" cost 2 L.E. (about $ 0.6).
FREE SHOP "Pyramid" In Hurghad, there is near El Sakaly (new city).
Shops are usually open seven days a week from 09:00 to 20:00, and even until midnight. Supermarkets usually work longer lunch at least from 12:00 to 14:00. Shop in hotels can open after 18:00 and work until the last buyer will go. Summer lunch break lasts often from 14:00 to 16:00.