We use to buy a lot of DVDs in KL and while some were scratched most were ok. Well we are now finding in 2012 you get them home and there is sound but no actual voice/talking. 10 dvds and 9 did it all region 9. So I will not bother in future. There are shopping centres in Bukit Bingtang area where I had issues. If you can buy software without it being loaded with viruses, buy a lottery ticket because that's the luck. Don't risk it, to save a few $$$ you can completely wreck your computer.
Fun Alternatives: Pay the extra and you get what you paid for.
If you are in Petaling Street, KL, being a Westerner or having 'different physical features' (I'm being polite here, okay) makes you a likely target for a sales pitch and/or con job. Any goods on display are okay to finger and/or touch so long as its not the expensive types eg. costume jewellery, watches, etc. The seller will try his/her best to get your attention.
If you're NOT interested, walk away. If you're thinking of coming back to the same stall, just indicate by saying, 'you'll come back later after dinner' or whatever.
If you're offered a fake watch etc and its pushed right in your face, tell the guy you are Not interested. Be polite, and walk away. Walking away is OK, no one will be aggressive like trying to run after you to wheedle a few Oz or States dollars from you.
Being Asian, it amuses me to see these street sellers homing in on white tourists and ignoring fellow Asians browsing nearby. They always believe whites have more purchasing power than guys from Taiwan or Korea. I see it as Asians discriminating against their own ...but no matter.
Unique Suggestions: 1. Avoid going to street markets alone where possible. Mugging can and do happen.
2. Fake items abound in KL, Port Dickson, Penang, Melaka... browse around and take no notice of items shoved in your face. just look around and see if similar goods exist nearby. Then you know the item is not a novelty and easily available.
3. You like an item, check it for possible defects and ask for a price. If the opening price is RM50, ask for RM25. 50% below the seller's opening gambit is a good start. He'll soon say its impossible and ask for RM45 or still the RM50. Just slowly 'turn away' and he'll quickly urge you to take it for RM35. Conclude the deal and exit.
4. Remember, returns are not available unless the seller mentions it. Street sellers the world over get emotional and at times, aggressive if a refund is asked, so avoid a street scene.
5. On Malaysia's highways (the signboards are usually in green or yellow), never entertain suspicious looking persons approaching your rented car or taxi at the designated rest areas. They are not robbers, but are selling fake mobiles, watches, etc. They items are more like dummy items in shops then the real working models and invariably don't work!
Fun Alternatives: If you are done looking at tourist shopping traps or entertainment zones, do what Malaysians do best- Eating! Get to a food outlet, see if locals are happy munching or slurping the foodies there...if its Yes, you can always join then. The local stuff at street level are always better-tasting than hotel food. Cheap too.
Or if you are in search of some peace and quiet, Kl has many scattered parks, from the one adjacent to KLCC to Tasek Perdana/ Lake Gardens.
Products like football jerseys of famous clubs around the world, handbags of popular brands, wallets and watches are among the fake items sold here. The items are offered at inflated prices which you will not want to pay for an imitation good. There is so much fun going from stall to stall to check the price the merchant is offering for a similar item sold by his competitor next door. The merchants are also quick to separate a tourist from the locals. Sometimes you can spot the tourist dollars twinkling in their eyes.
Unique Suggestions: There are no price tags on the items sold here and make sure you bargain hard. For instance a handbag initially quoted at RM165 could be yours for less than RM50 if you are willing to haggle over the price. Just walk away if the merchant is not willing to agree with your asking price. Don't be surprised if he will immediately agree to a figure nearest to the one you quoted.
When shopping at Petaling Street, assume that the products are fake! At the prices they are charging, it will not likely that they are the real Mccoy especially watches, handbags and perfume. Don't expect to get a refund or exchange of you are not happy with the product so check carefully before you pay.
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