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    they're trapped

    by william_44 Written Sep 25, 2007

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    The problem with Egypt is they are very low on the immigration list to the U.S. They have basically only two industries: the Suez Canal and Tourism. Plus, they're currency is ABSOLUTELY WORTHLESS outside of Egypt. If you have too much when you are finally getting out, you can't change it back into real money. They are abysmally poor. And they do what they gotta do. Which makes for a really unpleasant relationship, between the haves and the have-nots. So expect everyone to be trying to squeeze every possible nickel out of you 24 hours a day.

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    Bargain for everything....

    by marciaca Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    At the bazar, any cab,...

    by clemens Written Aug 24, 2002

    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.

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  • Trust No One But God

    by tHe_boRNEaN Written Dec 29, 2005

    This is a typical scenario in Egypt. You stroll in the tourist markets,and a hawker calls out to you. He says he will give you a t-shirt for US$5. You are tempted,and walk into his store to see it. You then find a good-looking shirt and hand him 2 bucks. Then he suddenly says "no,this is a good quality shirt.It costs US$17.It's this one that costs 2 Dollars",handing you a lousy China-made shirt. You then have to pay him 17 bucks,look for other items or leave the shop,disgruntled. So please, NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING THE HAWKERS SAY. You'll be disappointed.

    Unique Suggestions: Simply be prepared for surprises, and you''ll be fine. Don't be scared by proprietors' aggression in pushing something. It's OK.

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    All in one place

    by AmelaI Written Jan 31, 2009

    When shopping for souvenirs eg. Khan el Khalili, try to have a summary in your head what to buy, and for whom. If you buy all the things from the same person, you'll save a lot of money. I started to remember late that I wanted one more glass pyramids, one more obelisk, one more... and ended up spending twice as much I would have spent.

    Unique Suggestions: Laugh it off! Souvenirs aren't that expensive after all :]

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    Fake Stones and Papyrus

    by darlene&mauri Written Jul 18, 2010

    Be careful when buying small stone carvings and papyrus. They will always tell you that those are authentic but most of the items they sell in cairo are fake ones. They are not real stones and definitely not real papyrus..so try to pay the price for a replica.

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    Cairo Tower

    by frockland Written Apr 22, 2006

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    Cairo Tower at night time

    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!

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    Around Pyramids

    by Prasnjavi Updated Mar 30, 2004

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    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.

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