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Gambia Shopping

You have to be prepared for the hassle in the markets and to do a lot of hard bargaining, the price is always negotiable!

So it depends on “your luck” as to the price you pay for any item… Our advise is to start with about 1/3 of the asking price then depending of your bargaining skills and your common sense, it is up to you how much you pay!

Don’t take offence at an extortionate price… the starting price is not meant to offend or to “rip you off! bargaining is part of the way of life, and is meant to be part of the fun! it is part of the culture and should be treated light heartedly.

In the same vain the Vendor will not really take offence at your low offer even if he/she make out they are, if you cannot agree and you walk away 9 time out of 10 they will call you back… if they are not interested in you offer.. then your offer was too low

There are Markets at Senegambia, Kotou, Bakau and the most famous market of all is Albert Street market in Banjul. Most markets sell wood carvings , batiks bracelets and bangles. There are some really beautiful original good quality handmade items, such as leather hand bags and shoes, hand woven cloths or solid silver jewellery but you will have to search for them. Special items will be made to order for you in two or three days but they are worth the wait. Watch out for dipped silver bangles!

If you can’t cope with the bargaining most Hotels and gift shops will have fixed price items for sale. You will expect to pay a little more than the market for the convenience and some times you may find a better selection and quality items than the local market.

Enjoy your Gambia Holidays!

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