Istanbul Grand Bazaar

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The Grand Bazaar
If you’re into shopping for ethnic items, this market is a galore of Turkish, African, and Persian rugs, colorful lights, jewelry, and Turkish spices to take home. I came in with an intent of buying rugs!! Before I came to the bazaar, I read up on tips and advice on how to bargain. So as soon as I found a place with a few rugs I liked, I walked right in with my head held high and determined to find a rug I loved and negotiated on a good price. Also when you are in the rug store, they will offer you Turkish Apple Tea as they give you their spiel of what village it came from and it’s authenticity.. blah blah blah. It may be true, or it may not, I could never tell. Just make sure it’s a rug design you want and a price that fits you. I spent about $800 US dollars on one 8×10 and a 4×6 wool rug. I purchased from the same dealer, so I was able to negotiate since I wanted two.

Tip: Try to bargain at least 30-50% off it’s offering price. Be kind when bargaining and when you offer a price, don’t back out on it.

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