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The sellers can be a bit pushy - you must be prepared to haggle hard and try to look out for the "entrapment" ploys such as:
"Can I ask you a question?"
"We have just opened a new shop and have a sale on, come & look".
"Will you sign my guest book for other customers to read?"
“Please will you translate something for me?”
It is all harmless but you can get caught up for some time! They will want to offer you drinks like mint tea in many of the shops, if you seem genuinely interested, or go back for a second look.
The restaurants will also hassle you for their custom as competition between all shops and bars is strong due to the similarity of many. Some people cope with this better than others but forewarned is fore-armed.
If anyone feels threatened or intimidated, say that you will call the tourist police / report it to the rep / hotel….and MEAN it! They and the government are well aware that Egypt relies on tourism heavily, so please report anything untoward to them.
Carry your hotel number and tourist police number in your phone: Police is: - 0020 693 660 311This link may help re: how to handle the hassle from shopkeepers: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...
and reply number 12 on http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopi...
*Bargain for everything; haggle hard, (offer about a third or half the asking price and creep up slowly) including taxis - even to the point of pretending to walk away. *Have a price in mind with which you are happy….i.e, your own limit. If the shopkeeper really will not drop, then walk away. If he follows then you know there is still mileage in the deal, if not then you know roughly what the price should be when you see the item in the next shop.
* Wear sunglasses in the day and do not give too much eye contact.
* Be polite, yet firm and say, “No thanks” or “La Shukran” (which means, “No Thanks”)
*A smile goes a long way and the Egyptians have a great sense of humour.
*Do not go down the little side streets or in the souks till you feel more confident; sales pressure is higher in these parts.
*If you are not keen on the hassle / haggle idea, stick to the supermarkets or the 3 fixed-price shops (all called “Aladin’s Cave”) on His Majesty, the King of Bahrain Street in Na’ama Bay. Supermarkets are usually fixed-price.
*Check your change thoroughly as there have been scams reported involving small denomination notes being switched for large one. There have also been comments about being careful when asked to change coins as the new 1LE coin looks like a Euro at 1st glance.*Taxis will ask the most ridiculous prices, especially at the airport on arrival. There are government stated prices that apply round Sharm and they are up on boards here & there. This link will show you what they are: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/5...
*Some of the perfumes are fakes, as are some of the cigarettes.
*Some of the oils in the perfume palaces are watered down.*Timeshare scams! - http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...
*Jewellery: be very wary if buying so-called precious / semi-precious stones out there. Some people have been caught out. Be wary of shoddy workmanship if having something made. Do not pay for the finished product if you’re not happy with it.* ATMs - http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-... &
*Possible airport scams:
Overweight luggage; special suitcase!
* ATMs - N.B. - If you are charged for supposedly overweight luggage and are not happy about it, insist on a receipt with a view to making an official complaint to the airline &/or:
Egyptian State Tourist Office, Egyptian House, 3rd floor, 170 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EJ Tel: 020 7493 5283 Fax: 020 7408 0295 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOther useful addresses:
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt - United Kingdom
26 South Street,
London W1Y 6DD,
Telephone number: (020) 7499 3304. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (10.00 am to 3.00 pm during Ramadan).
Egyptian Consulate - United Kingdom
2 Lowndes Street,
SW1X 9ET, Telephone number: (020) 7235 9777.
Website: www.egyptianconsulate.co.uk Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 12.30 pm (lodging applications), 2.30 am to 4.00 pm (visa collection). Email: email@example.com
British Embassy in Cairo, 7, Ahmed Ragheb Street, Garden City, Cairo. Tel: 0020 227 916 000 http://ukinegypt.fco.gov.uk/en/
Making a complaint - http://www.cpa.gov.eg/english/contact...
Egyptian Post Office A Scam: DO NOT expect mail to arrive back to the United States. If you must, use Fedex or a service that provides a tracking service. The post office will not respond to emails and their contact numbers are disconnected or inaccurate.