Hopeless Hard/Pressure Sell
I visited one Carpet / antique / handicraft shops. I found that the shop did have a lont of unique items and most catered to oversears clients based on what I could see. I also noticed that non of the items had list prices bit some 10 character code... I was interested on some items however when I asked the sales lady about list price she said that she would call the shop manager.
The Manager in the mean time seemed to be busy trying to gauge my affordability by using small talk as to what was the hotel where I was staying and if I was from overseas etc. Then I was given an exhorbetant $$ price to which I said sorry that is simply well beyond what I was intending to spend on a trinkey. This was followed by a heavy sale pitch of what was I willing to pay and if he could offer me two for 1.5 time the price/ free shipping to New York etc.
I simply refused and left the store. It was a very inpleasent experience.
What to buy: India is a shoppers paradise and one can find a treasure trove of fantastic stuff that you can buy for your home / for friends however please do your home work as place to buy from before you walk in the door.
What to pay: If you get it right you can find many bargains.
Baga saturday night market: One of two nightmarkets in Goa
There are two nightmarkeds in Goa, Ingo's Saturday Night Market in Arpora and Baga Saturday night market (see pictures). Booth are good places if you like to go shopping in the nights.
Instead of walking in the heat of the day, like it is in Anjuna, you can walk under the night sky, lit up with lamps. There are plenty of handicrafts shops. Stalls sell all kinds clothes, trinkets, exotic, palmistry, wood carvings and delicacies and Goanese Cuisine.
Live bands plays from a stage inside the maked. This is a nice place to stay in the Saturday night.
What to buy: All kinds of Indian crafts, spices, clothes, DVD's and CD's.
The salesmen in Goa are experts, so remember to bargain well. You will probably get a high start price from the salesmen, so start with a disgracefully low offer. But do it with a smile.
ROCKY'S GOAN JEWELLER: Jewelery
This merchant is the most honest and has the best designs in Goa. He is charming and very ethical. His jewelery is beautiful, only the best stones are used and his personal designs are very unusual. I paid £900.00 for a diamond and emerald ring which was valued in the UK for £4025.00. It is stunning. His customers come back to him year after year. I will definitely be buying from him again.
Get your shoes cleaned or repaired.: Shoe care
On the street corner near Mapusa Market (or most other street markets) you will find the shoe-shine men who will clean, shine and repair your shoes.
What to buy: Clean and polish your shoes and have your shoes repaired.
What to pay: Few rupees for a clean and polish - I paid 150 rupees for a complete sole and heel replacement for a much-loved pair of sandals which I picked up in Mexico.
Malini Ramani/Wendell Rodricks/Jade Jagger: Resort wear in Goa
In the past 10 years, Goa has been attracting designers from near and far. Stop by Malini Ramani and Wendell Rodricks to get a feel for Indian designer and resort wear. Also newly (2013) opened is Jade Jagger's store at Ashwem
What to buy: Resort, beach and jewellery!
What to pay: on the expensive side
in every village: House decorations
What to buy: In almost every village along the coast, you will find accessories to make your home or yard more party-like.
What to pay: Price are decent but try to shop with a local or bring the price down by 50% minimum
Calangute centre: The Market Square
The streets of Calangute are packed with shops and the Market Square is the centre.
What to buy: The shops and stalls are offering a wide range of souvenirs, crafts, leather items, clothes and jewellery.Related to:
Romano traders optican: Glasses and spectacles
Romano traders optican is a great place to buy glasses and spectacles. Progressive glass takes 5 days to complete.
What to pay: The prices are cheap, almost up to 70% cheaper than in Europe.Related to:
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