Shopping in Marmaris
Turkey is known by many as a shopper’s paradise with rich variety of the craft. It is impossible to resist buying. Main shopping resorts are Fethiye, Bodrum, Marmaris, Antalya, Alanya, and Istanbul Grand Bazaar.
Unlike a European country there is a great range of places in which to shop in Turkey, from modern boutiques to colourful bazaars and bustling markets.
In virtually every instance, carpets, fine leather, precious jewelry, gold in particular are a better buy here in Turkey than they are in other parts of Europe.
There are practical things for the home and kitchen, but alongside these are many decorative items, often in the traditional Turkish style. The most popular objects for the holiday maker are, of course, carpets but the various leather and suede goods, copper and bronze wares, silver, ceramics, handicrafts, embroidery, and the famous Turkish meerschaum and onyx are on many shopping lists.
In Turkey, suede and leather are particularly important, along with all kinds of clothes and other goods such as handbags, belts, shoes, etc., at prices which surprise and please the visitor. In the large stores in main cities, dresses, trousers, and coats, made of extremely fine leather and suede, can be found. If you are looking for something a little more unusual, there is the “nargile” (hubble-bubble pipe); or buy a backgammon set and learn the national Turkish game. Your only difficulty shopping in Turkey will be deciding what to choose from the many hundreds of tempting bargains.
When making purchases keep all receipts. If you believe you have been overcharged or cheated either in terms of items bought or services rendered please contact the local police (Zabita, tel. 153) and/or fax your complaint to the Consumer Protection Directorate at the Ministry of Industry and Trade at: T.C. Sanayi ve Ticaret Bakanligi Tuketicinin ve Rekabetin Korunmasi Gen. Mud. Tandogan, Ankara Fax:(312)2879240