Souvenirs, New York City
So, I know this may come as a shock to many, but the guys on the streets selling the Rolex, Movado, and Taghauer watches for $20, are selling knock offs. I know, I know, Say It Isn't So!
So obviously, most people Know they're fakes. But the problem is, the are Really Bad Fakes . Most will stop working completely in about a week or so. So if we want to buy a cheap knock-off, stick with the fake coach bags...
Don't be scared to say no, not today! More then once someone would come up to us saying here is a real rolex, and i bet it was, HOWEVER don't buy it more then likely it was ripped off, so stay away. Just because it sounds like a good deal, walk away.
Unique Suggestions: Say you have no money and walk away, some times they will lower their cost but continue to say no.
Fun Alternatives: go to a vendor which you can see is selling alot of things and pay according to them telling you it's a fake.
The I Love NY T-Shirts are very famous and for sale almost everywhere in the city. But beware, prices vary from $15,- to $3,- per shirt. Some tourist stores even sell 8 shirts for $10,- there are different labels on these T-Shirts, but not that many and the same labels do have these kind of price differences.
Unique Suggestions: Don't buy your shirts at airport or in the more expensive stores, first check-out the tourist shops. You don't need to leave central Manhattan for a good deal, 5th ave will do fine. Just do keep an eye on the quality, though most shirts are the same, there's always something crap for sale as well.
when buying souvenirs, shop around before you commit!! i saw something priced at $28 in the shop at the top of the Empire State Building. the next day i went shopping and saw the exact same thing for $5 on a street stall!!! definately shop around!!
You can buy a fake Rollex just about anywhere. If that is what you wanted, then great. Well that is only an example, you will find human coatracks that will open their coat and offer you a wide choice of stolen marchandise.
Buy with care.
I once bought an 'expensive watch at a low, low price' from a street vendor thinking I could get rid of the cheap wristband and keep the decent-looking watch face. Then I found out that they're so poorly made that you can't even remove the band. Any t-shirt you buy probably won't last any longer than a few washes unless the label is a brand-name. My motto for tourist purchases on the street is 'Don't buy anything that you expect to last longer than a few weeks'. Don't bother going into the electronics stores either. Save your money and get a better price on the Internet.
Don't ever go to souvenir shops in mid-town. They can be very luring to tourists with all theses lights and little gift items well displayed. But don't!
You can buy all your souvenirs and little NYC chachikis in China town for half of the price. It's also a great place to find designer knock offs (from handbags to watches), dubbed CD and videos, Chinese knick knacks, etc. Do bargain with these people, especially if you are there on a weekend around 5PM or towards the end of the day. The vendors just want to make the sale before they pack up.
Deep discounts on NY tshirts, statue of liberty dolls etc....
Don't buy the videos on the streets. Even though they might be really really new, like the movie is still playing on the big screen and there it is selling for 5 bucks on the streets. --which is why you shouldn't buy it, it's just too good to be true.
On the streets some people try to sell you items (variating from toys and clothing to videos and watches). Beware of what you buy and know that spectacular bargains are most of the time ripp-offs.