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Workshops are situated directly at souvenir shops. I've understood Egyptian guides have arrangements with owners of workshops and shops and get their commission fee from purchases. They bring tourists to the shops where they can get acquainted with manufacture of souvenirs and can buy products of art which they like for memory.
We have visited one of such shops. The choice of souvenirs was very rich. Prices were quite comprehensible. Therefore I recommend buying souvenirs in such specialized shops instead of buying them from hands of numerous dealers which surround tourists near each sightseeing.
You may watch my 2 min VIDEO-Clip on my personal YouTube channel: Egypt Luxor Shopping 2007
Updated Sep 7, 2007
Excursion buses arrive on parking which are surrounded numerous trading shops. Tourist cannot reach the sight which they want to see without passing numerous dealers. Sometimes it happens to be a difficult test. Dealers are very persevering. Sometimes their persistence becomes unpleasant.
If you have decided to buy something you should remember that there is nothing there which would cost more than $10! The most popular price is $1.
Written Jul 3, 2007
There are a lot of souvenir shops around Deir el-Bahri. Local dealers offer many fine but useless things. Usually they start to bargain from the sum, which is in several times more than the final price. Then they considerably reduce the initial sum, leading it up to symbolical. If you really need the offered subject you can buy it for very few money. But do it only after the dealer has completely lost the interest to you. Otherwise you can overpay in several times.
I witnessed the tender for 4 figures of the Egyptian gods. The initial price was 60 dollars. Very quickly the price has fallen up to 60 Egyptian pounds (in 5 times less). The dealer stopped the offer of his goods on 20 pounds (4 dollars). That is the initial price exceeded the final price in 15 times!
Written Jul 3, 2007
There are many alabaster institutes, i.e. shops in Egypt. We visited one near the village of Gurna.
You can not only to buy a present for someone at home but can also watch how objects are made of alabaster or of Aswan granite.
Updated Jan 15, 2007