Bargaining and shopping
You can visit Masaai Market on a Tuesday and Village Market on Thursdays to buy souvenirs and presents for people at home. The choice is overwhelming and you will find it difficult to concentrate as sellers will constantly call you over to look at their wares.
The prices are artifically high to start with and you must always bargain. You should really be paying about a quarter of what the starting price is, possibly less. Sellers will always try and be *confidential* about their price and show you on a calculator how much it will be.
Unfortunately, while you are being distracted, your pockets may be picked.
Also NEVER go to the ATM in Village Market with helpful people who will watch you punch in your PIN number then steal your card. They are very good at this and you won't notice it happening. This can not only empty your account but ruin your holiday.
Unique Suggestions: Have cash with you all ready and in small bills so there is no confusion about change. Only keep a small amount handy for the sale, keep the rest in your waist money bag or around your neck.
Try and find out what the usual prices are for what you want to buy.
I find it much easier to bargain with the lady sellers, they are less aggressive and more inclined to gentle persuasion. It's quite nice being called *my sister* by a woman from another continent.
Fun Alternatives: You may get hot, bothered and robbed. If you want a more peaceful yet more expensive way to buy your gifts, you can get them at the hotel shop. There are also expensive yet far better quality souvenirs to be had at shops in the Sarit Centre, Westlands.Related to:
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