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by tijanak Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I plan to go to Istanbul because of shopping. I plan to buy a little bigger of jewelry, for example 100 necklaces, 50 bracelets, 50 earrings, an scarves. Which is the best place to shopping this ? Thank a lot :)

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    by brotherleelove Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    If you're talking about bulk purchases of the same items you can do a search for wholesale distributors. If you want to pick and choose individual items try the Grand Bazaar. Everything you want you will find there. Perhaps you can find a wholesale seller there.

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    by tijanak Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Thanks a lot. I want to buy individual products. A hope that they to have a favorable price.

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    by walkietalkie2012 Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    don't forget to bargain when u are at Grand Bazaar...

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    by tijanak Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    and if I say that I am from Serbia/Montenegro I will get bigger discount? It is right?

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    by balhannah Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Try the Spice Bazaar too. It is more than spices for sale there.

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    by MacedonianUK Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Turks are very superstitious ppl., at least the ones in Kapali Carshi ( Grand Bazzar) best is to do windows shopping first, than, show at the places you want to buy first thing in the morning,just after they open and barter/ haggle. Most of the Shop owners will not let you leave without purchise as is not " hairli" or good luck, so they can lower the price for you just to do business . Staying that you are from Serbia/Montenegro might help but not much, that kind of thing is good for Tunisia. On my recent travels there i was asked where i come from-Answer Macedonia, got me lower starting price for barter. Same item for my German friend was 40% more expensive to Start with.. But by all means try! Good luck. Srecno!

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    by tijanak Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    OK. 2 best places The Grand Bazaar and The Spice Bazaar. Thanks. I hope to go well like You. Maybe some more experience with shopping ?

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    by brotherleelove Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    General rule for purchases: NEVER pay more than 50% of the asking price, so start much lower when you make your first offer. There will be drama but it's all part of the fun.

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    by JackyJamaly Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I don't know Istanbul that good, But I think Laleli is a good place to shop for whatever.

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    by tijanak Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Thanks people. Every informations helps me. Thanks a lot .

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    by vpas Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    I am very surprised that everyone is recommending Grand Bazaar. In my recent trip I found that the Grand Bazaar was pricier. The shops outside are much cheaper. However I found the Grand Bazaar a good place to buy fake brand jeans. The Spice Bazaar is good for souvenirs but the spice itself is priced very high. I found dry fruits and spices very cheap in the asian side and in big shops such as Carrefour. Hope this helps, Have a good trip.

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    by brotherleelove Online Now Feb 22, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Prices are high only if you agree to pay them.

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    by tijanak Online Now Feb 23, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    I read on forums that the grand bazaar perfect for tourists, but I will go to buy a large quantity items, so I do not really know if it is the best places to me. ?

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    by brotherleelove Online Now Feb 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    We can not decide this for you. You will know once you are there and once you start to bargain for the jewelry pieces you like.

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    by muratkorman Online Now Feb 24, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    A lot of answers have been given and generally they direct you to Grand Bazaar, but as a local I would go for jewellery shops out of Grand Bazaar for better deals and more bargaining power. In Grand Bazaar, the high rents and ever-coming tourists make the prices go higher. However, a jewellery shop outside this tourist magnet will be more welcoming and give better discounts for wholesale. I would say you first take some prices from different shops and after that you go for the real buy. It may be time consuming but also rewarding. You can check my Istanbul pages for some useful tips.

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    by tijanak Online Now Feb 24, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Thank you very much for advice. If you know some of the centers, which are bought in large-suggest me. Thanks.

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    by sesudin Online Now Feb 25, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    i heard spice bazaar is cheaper

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    by tijanak Online Now Feb 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    So, on the spice b. can be find other things, not only spices :) Ok. I will try there. It is dangerous to go alone in Istanbul?

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    by muratkorman Online Now Feb 26, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    It is not dangerous to go solo. However, you have to be careful and alert as much as you would in any crowded metropolis. Do not carry a lot of cash with you. Do not keep all the money in the same pocket or wallet. Beware of pickpockets in crowded areas. Stay out of dark alleys and side streets. I guess if you visited New York city, you would receive the same tips :)

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    by tijanak Online Now Feb 27, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Yes, I apply everything when I go to another county. I hope to I will back home with the best impression. :)

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    by stream&rain Online Now Feb 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    100 necklaces, 50 bracelets, 50 earrings....... Woaw... I suppose gifts you wanna give to your freinds at the return. I think you are not talking about made in gold ones. Most of them are coming from China and wholesale mini companies are all around grandbazaar and Tahtakale area. Maybe u also check ebay or other web sites too. Turkish ebay called
    gittigidiyor.com
    So many big mals and all of them have bijouterie shops where they sell this kind of gifts.

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    by tijanak Online Now Mar 1, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I think of the fine jewelry, not gold. :) I know the sites and that the goods are from Chine, *but I hope to be able to find something Yours, authentic, unusual...* I know that the wholesales can be found in Laleli, in Ordu cd, istikal street...

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    Re: shopping

    by fouads Online Now Mar 8, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Hello :
    I understand first that you want buy Gold so the best area is Grand bazar .
    but for the fine jewelry you must go to end of Grand Bazar on way to Lalali . there you can find many wholesales shops and can got best prices . bbut must ask and bargain all time .
    Best Wishes

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    by ayferselci Online Now Mar 16, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    I recommend you to visit Caferaga Medresesi. This is a place converted into workshops and you can find handmade gift as well as handmade jewelery made by women working there. I think they will make unique presents. You can google it and you will find more information about the place.

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    by tijanak Online Now Mar 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    thanks people :) How much I need to arrive there? (From Lalali to the grand bazar-by foot)
    My journey starts next week :)

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    by fouads Online Now Mar 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    It,s about 5-10 min .
    hope you have great trip

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