If you're like me, you always like to pick up a few native craft-type items when you travel in the "third world". In Namibia, this means carvings, polished stones and the like. You can find them at various shops in the cities, but you can also cut out the middleman, so to speak, in buying them from roadside vendors. You can also bargain and get a little bit better deal.
Now, if you're looking for more substantial items, such as beautifully decorated ostrich eggs and jewelry, then you'd best stick to reputable city dealers.
But for that carved giraffe, why not buy it from the locals?
Fondest memory: I always marvel at the "sales skills" of the local vendors. In their world, THE worst thing that could happen would be for you to leave their store. :)
The standkeepers in Namibia are, as usual, very active in attempting a sale. But, they were friendly and non-threatening. I enjoyed our various roadside stops.