Due to the drop of the Egyptian pound against the US dollar,you will find many locals offering to exchange your money for the local Egyptian pound,,and although they might give you a better offer than the bank,you will always have the chance of getting robbed.
Unique Suggestions: Never exchange your currency in any place,,specially in the touristic areas,where you will find many salesmen and random people offering to exchange your dollars for a better rate,the person who offers you never has a large amount of money on him,,istead he will take your money and tell you to wait while he goes to exchange it so at the end he might never show up again!
Fun Alternatives: Always have your money exchanged at a bank,even if the rate was a little higher atleast you will be sure you`ll get your money,because if you exchange it with some one off the street and they never show up again with the money,,,,,first of all you CAN NOT tell the police as it`s against the law nor you will have the police bring back your money!
You are the tourist and will be seen as a source of money. There are 2 prices in Egypt, locals' price and foreigners' price. This applies to everything from taxis, phone cards, drinks etc. And the diference can be huge, up to 20 times the locals pay. Always try to bargain for everything. Its annoying, because rather than being friendly with the locals, you have to be constantly be on your guard.
attention to overcharging, all sellers always want much more prices (even 5 times 10 times of the real price, maybe more.. not exaggerating) so you have to be a hard bargain for everything related with money
When you go shopping in Cairo if you can speak Arabic then it could actualy save you some money. As if they know you are a tourist some places rip you off. I went to this market and because I spoke English wish my cousins so I could tell them what I really thought about something they knew that I was from abroad and so made me pay more!
Bargain for everything. Whatever price they say to you, you should not pay more than 50% for it. Trust me, they act like they cannot afford to go so low...guess what, they're still making a huge profit.
At the bazar, any cab, actually wherever you buy something. NEVER pay the price a product is offered. We nearly everytime managed to bargain to the half price. Guess if you're good you'll even get all the stuff for a quater. Threat to leave(it often works). I guess it's clear that you FIRST bargain the price and then consume.
Certainly Cairo Tower offers a magnificent view but the price is quite high: Its 40 E.P. entrance, 50 E.P. include is one soft drink or 70 E.P. when a meal shall be included!
Everything they selling around the pyramids is 10 times expensive then on the other places. All souvenirs and everything else you can buy somewhere else. The same things.