3. Can't find change
If you are going to the market of Hurghada, Sharm or another resort, you should stock up on smaller banknotes – unless, of course, your plans include an attraction of unprecedented generosity. Because with a large bill, the seller, by a sad coincidence, will not be able to find change. It's such a hassle! Moreover, he will do everything that is possible: he will loudly and expressively interrogate all the neighbors, look in all the pockets – and not just once, but in the end he will sadly shrug his hands: no change, Inshaallah! And do you feel sorry for a couple of dollars? Of course, it’s not a pity, but he gets 1-2 dollars from each tourist by the end of the day, a hefty increase in revenue. Not counting, of course, the legal tourist markup.
4. They give change with the wrong banknotes
However, in some cases (for example, if a tourist is caught especially tight), change is still found. The 50 piastres notes are great for her – they are almost out of circulation, but some merchants save them just for such cases, slipping them instead of 50 Egyptian pounds. Travelers, of course, do not understand native cash: the banknote says 50, and 50 of which is the tenth thing. At the same time, there are 100 piastres in one pound, so such an innocent substitution is a way to make money on change by 100 times. On the other hand, when else will you feel like a real pirate with 50 piastres in your belt? Kar-r-ramba!
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5. They sell fakes
In Egypt, it is recommended to buy local cotton, papyrus, teas, spices, and gold. True, in order not to run into a fake, you need to know trusted outlets. And it's definitely not the nearest market. Cotton is Chinese there, papyrus is the cheapest, made from banana leaves (it is shaggy along the edge and breaks at the folds), tea is flavored with no idea what, but they give a good taste, so in the end the stunning taste of the drink will overtake you only at home. As well as the answer to the question – was it worth paying three hundred pounds for it? You should not hunt for spices and gold items in the markets either. First and at home you can buy at reasonable prices, tea, not the Middle Ages in the yard. And for gold, you need to go only to the place where all the necessary documents will be issued for it. Yes, there are such places in Egypt too!