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“Over priced”

Mercado de Artesanias
Ranked #61 of 96 things to do in Acapulco
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Owner description: Huge arts and crafts fair where paintings, clothing, jewelry and pottery can be purchased.
Reviewed 21 October 2015

It seemed that the vendors were over charging and selling cheap junk that one would get in a dollar store at home! This was an OK place to walk around but nothing special and no real bargains.

1  Thank seetheworld2014
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Reviewed 15 April 2015 via mobile

Don't be deceived by claims that the gems sold in this market are real. They are not. Everything is plastic made to appear real. This makes this plastic jewelry incredibly expensive. The merchants will offer you tequila with the hope that you will get drunk and abandon all reason and buy their trinkets for outrageous amounts. Don't be fooled by the claims that it is the only government-sanctioned market--probably the only one sanctioned to steal. Your tour guide will want to take you here. If so, run away & don't tip him for wanting to expose you to these thrives. It is also known as "El Parazal".

Thank Tigne
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

With the lack of cruise ships coming to Acapulco, this market has been hit fairly hard. A large number of stalls have closed, either for good, or only opening infrequently.
However the ones that are open hold great souvenirs, and you can haggle into some great prices!

1  Thank RFNJ
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

The Artisans Market in Zihuatanejo has a lot of typical tourist junk, much of it made in China. There are also many hidden treasures, if you take the time to look and know what you are looking at. We have found great wooden Alebrije carvings from Oaxaca, Huichol beadwork on gourds and ceramics, hand-embroidered clothing. Never believe there is no good shopping in Zihua.

5  Thank akexpat
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Reviewed 12 May 2012

They sell lots of fun souvenir things to bring back for your friends. Bargaining is expected. They start their prices high because tourists are often advised in their guide books that bargaining is expected. The fact that almost all the vendors there speak English should be a clue to what's up.....

Most U.S. tourists don't have any idea about how bargaining is done in real buying situations in Mexico. It would require being able to speak Spanish and have some cultural knowledge.

Thank ektarama
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