People Walking Around... (you'll see 'em): Hammocks
Now the Hammock prices range due to quality and seller. Some one might be trying to sell you a hammock for about $15 while you can get it with someone else at a price of $7 or even $6!
For example, my buddy Matt got his hammock for $15 while I got mine for $7 and the other Matt got his for $6! The second matt and I got ours from the same person, but the quality of hammocks that Matt and I got from slightly lesser than the hammock the first Matt got. (confused yet?) Anyway, after I got my hammock for 7, another dude comes up to me and tells me that he'll sell me a good hammock for the lowest price I'll find. Of course, I stopped to humor him and asked him what the price was? He said $20. I said Nope, sorry. He said, okay 17... I looked at the hammock and it looked alot like mine. I said, sorry buddy I just got one exactly like this one for $7.
Shopping and bargaining is lots of fun!
What to buy: Hammock = "Maca" (is the spanish equivalent)
What to pay: $5 - $15 US Dollars
Practically Anywhere: Piñata!!!
There are many shops where you can buy piñatas! You can get them practically ANYWHERE! Driving through El Centro of Nuevo Laredo you can look to either side of you and see Piñatas hanging here and there.
What to buy: Piñatas!!!
What to pay: $8 - $20 U.S. Dollars depending on the size, quality, etc. (I've seen some pretty nice looking Nemos) ;-)
La "Guerrero": Downtown Shopping
This street is swarming with locals and tourists trying to get to the thousands of little shops set up on the side walk.
What to buy: There are many items you can buy in Nvo. Laredo, some are things you won't find anywhere else, and some you can.
What to pay: Remember you can always bargain with the locals.... always start with your lowest bid and make your way up slowly... You can bring a $4 item to $2
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Downtown Nuevo Laredo: Endless Fleamarket
Everything you could imagine, from horse saddles to shoes to leather coats to longhorn steer skulls with horns to colorful blankets to sombreros, is available in the fleamarket type shops and stores. There are also several "pharmacias" where you can buy Viagra and etc. across the counter. And liquor stores with name brand spirits considerably cheaper than in the U.S. The banks and ATM machines accept your credit cards and ATM cards and you receive cash in pesos.
What to buy: Leather goods are plentiful and much cheaper than in the U.S. Viagra and etc. is available across the counter, without a prescription. Liquor is cheaper than in the U.S. and you can bring 3 bottles into the U.S. without having to pay taxes to Texas. Colorful blankets and rugs identical to those sold on Mt. Evans in Colorado as "Indian made" are available. Pottery and 'chimineas' are available.
What to pay: The first asking price is not THE PRICE. Feel free to haggle over the prices and they will come down, sometimes to half of the original asking price. Start to walk away and the price will quickly drop.
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