Taxi Drivers from the Bus Station
If arriving into Pristina by bus, please note that a taxi from the bus station to virtually anywhere in Pristina should be 3 Euros or less. As is typical for most places, the taxi drivers at the bus station do not use meters and will try to get travelors to pay upwards of 6 Euros per trip.
Fun Alternatives: Call one of the many Taxi companies in Pristina and have them meet you at the bus station in advance of your arrival.
- Budget Travel
Kosovo is awash with knock-off DVD and CD stores. It's virtually impossible to actually purchase an original unless you have access to an international PX.
The prices are quite low for fakes. DVDs are around 2-3 Euros and CDs are only 1.5 Euros.
Unique Suggestions: I'm not advocating that people avoid shopping for fake DVDs because it does help the time pass. However, people should be aware that there are stiff penalties if you get caught bringing these fakes back to Western countries.
If you do buy fakes, leave them in Kosovo when you depart. Don't take the risk of getting caught in customs!
Faux Clothing & Cigarettes
Kosovo is big on fakes. Everything from cigarettes to suits can be faux and buyers need to be wary of stores charging normal retail prices.
Most of the clothing in Kosovo is imitation brand-name. There are supposed real Boss, Mavi, Lacoste retailers but you really have to be careful!
Unique Suggestions: Check the tags for misspellings and be aware that some of the imitators are very good at making the clothing tags and price tags appear legit!
For cigarettes, look for the UNMIK customs seal.
Fun Alternatives: Not all stores are fake. The Mango and Collect...(ze) stores are regular stores.
If you don't mind having knock-off clothing and want to make sure you don't get ripped off, try shopping in the open market. You can purchase great quality Lacoste polos for 5 Euros :)
Dodgy goods everywhere!!!
Copies of famous labels and TMs are nothing unique for this place, BUT... what you'be amused to find, even in (supposed to be) established shops/boutiques/PXs are Turkish replicas of basically anything you can think of: be it Lacoste shirt, Armani suit or Lagerfeld shoes.
Pristina looks like the "piracy-heaven", since I haven't noticed any example of copyright regulations or customer-care.
Unique Suggestions: Always double-check things you're buying (especially clothes!). Don't trust reputation of the vendor or the price. Your 60e CK shirt can turn-out to be the same one on display at the flea market.
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