How tourists are fooled around the world
Want to know how tourists are deceived, then read this article.
The most popular ways to cheat tourists
Shopping abroad can boast not only joy but also frustration. So that you do not fall for the bait of enterprising traders, today we will tell you how tourists are deceived in different shops of the planet.
China is the birthplace of almost all fakes walking around the world, so if you are not a supporter of buying replicas, be careful. Most often, tourists are offered fake pearls and silk.However, it is not difficult to determine the fake: carefully look at the hole drilled on the pearl (you can see what is hidden under the cover at the edges), drop the pearl on the table (the natural one will bounce like a ball) and carefully examine and hold it in your hands (artificial impeccably smooth, real slightly uneven and always cool). Artificial silk is also easy to distinguish. To do this, find a thread on the edge of the product that can be cut and set on fire. Artificial silk will melt and smell like chemistry, while natural silk can be rubbed in the fingers and it will smell like burnt wool. If you are not allowed to conduct such an experiment, go to another store. When you buy fruit, vegetables or tea, remember that the price of weighted goods in China is usually indicated not per kilogram, but per pound – they are not trying to deceive you, it is simply accepted in this country.
Singapore and Hong Kong
In these countries, our tourists like to buy different expensive equipment: cameras, computers, tablets. Be careful: sometimes people at home discover that a completely different thing is in the box. There are other options for cheating: on the street a person resembles you and asks what you are looking for. When you inform him, he says that in his shop (it can be around the corner) this product is sold at very nice prices. In the store, one of the employees is pointedly sent to the warehouse, and in the meantime, they take money or roll a card. While the goods are carried, they begin to tell you that in vain you decided to buy this model, it is much better to stop at another, and at a very competitive price. The proposed model, as a rule, is not in demand, and you are offered it at inflated prices. You can wait endlessly for a person from the warehouse, because what you ordered is not in this store. They simply try to hand you the stale goods in the expectation that you will be tired of waiting, and you will agree (especially since the seller already has the money). Therefore, in no case do not part with cash until you see the right thing with your own eyes, and then do not let it out of your hands!
From Thailand, many want to bring products with precious stones. On the street, you are often offered to buy a scattering of rubies and sapphires cheaply. By the way, they can turn out to be fake or real – it’s up to you to decide whether to play this roulette. Just remember that the export of unprocessed precious stones from the country is prohibited. If you want guarantees, contact the large centers at the factories, there is less chance that you will be deceived. But, unfortunately, rare cases are known when stones purchased with certificates turned out to be fake. Apparently, sellers expect that foreigners will not go back to download rights.
Gemstones are also flourishing in India, and sellers are willing to do anything for you to buy a fake. For example, even at your hotel a trader can catch you up and confidentially ask you to transport a scattering of stones across the border, explaining that he has exhausted his limit. And first you have to pay for the goods, and then, abroad, they are supposedly bought by your partner at an already much better price. Is there any need to explain that no one will meet you upon arrival, and, turning to jewelers, you will find that you have acquired a handful of glass.
All of asia
In Asian stores, try to always have a bargain with you, because the seller will most likely not have a change. Of course, he will send an assistant to exchange your bill, and you will not see it anymore – you are not ready to wait several hours. If you have such a nuisance, say that you contact the police, and defiantly start dialing a number – the change is usually immediately found.
In Egypt, they can be deceived at every step, so you should never relax in this country anywhere. If you want to please relatives and friends with one of the most popular souvenirs – a real papyrus, in no case do not listen to taxi drivers and all kinds of street helpers who advise the best shop in the city, where it is very cheap – there you will probably get a fake. Go to a specialty store and make sure that you are issued a certificate (it may be required at customs). Keep in mind that papyrus cannot cost less than 10-15 dollars; everything that is cheaper is not worth your attention.
The Czech Republic, although it is located in Europe, deceives our brother-tourist there no less than in Asia. So, you need to carefully check the check if you have scored a lot of goods in the supermarket.