If you’re in Istanbul, or other major cities in Turkey, or if you’re planning a trip in the near future, we highly encourage you to do so as the place offers plenty for travelers – unique culture, attractive tourist’s sites, awesome shopping malls.
Yes, besides their amazing hotels, restaurants, and local culture, Turkey offers amazing experience for shopping enthusiasts, letting them buy original accessories that isn’t found anywhere else on the planet. But, first thing first. Before you board a plane, you will have to check if your Turkey visas is valid and fulfills all requirements to enable you to travel and stay in Turkey. This will help you enjoy your travel and stay in Turkey with fewer hassles and headache.
Once your visas is ready, you can book a ticket to fly to Turkey. Upon arrival at the Istanbul airport, you can hail a taxi to take you to a hotel. There you can take a break for a day or two. Walk around the streets, catch up with the locals, or visit beautiful beaches that surrounds the city. You’ll be amazed you did as Istanbul and other cities offers spectacular places for a hungry traveler.And when you’re ready for shopping, please keep these helpful tips in mind to save your time, energy, and money.
- First, avoid shopping for at least 2-3 days of your arrival in Turkey. Why? Why not. For the first couple of days, we think you should get yourself acquainted with the local currencies before you begin to bargain and purchase items.
- Shop in the morning. If you want to avoid a lot of people cramming in the shop during busy hours (usually between (8-10am), or during the evenings (5-7pm), try to visit the local shops in the morning at 7-8 am. When you visit the shop early, the salesmen will be able to give an undivided attention to you and make your shopping experience much easier. In fact, many salesmen believe that the first customers to visit their store are god send and they bring good luck that will last throughout the day. Therefore, you’ll most likely get a VIP treatment during this time of the day.
- Do not buy from a store where salesmen seem to be virtually grabbing people off the street. These salesmen can be pretty aggressive and push you to buy their stuffs, even if you do not feel like buying from them.
- Always ask for the price of the accessories before getting more information about the product. Salesmen often become upset once they’ve spent a significant amount of time trying to sell you products, but find you cannot afford to buy the item simply because you cannot afford.
- Do not hesitate to bargain on all prices, except food items. If you’re a good bargainer, you can easily get the price down by a whopping 50% in few places. With jewelry, it’s possible to reduce the price down up to 30%.There you have it – 5 simple shopping strategies you could use to shop at ease in Istanbul and other cities in Turkey.
Tell us about your own shopping experience? Do you often struggle shopping for accessories in towns? If yes, how do you resolve it? Share your ideas in the comment box below.