Shopping in the Turkish beach resort town of Alanya can be an adventure as eye-opening as any you’ll have during your time here. However, the shopping district is populated by scammers and con-artists, and you’ll need to keep your wits about you to avoid being taken.
Haggling and Overcharging
One of the major draws for tourists is Passage, a clothing store offering wardrobe for men, women and children. If you’re not much of a haggler, this is something of a “safe-zone” in Alanya’s shopping district. Everything in Passage has a fixed price, so there’s no talking anyone down on the price, and you don’t need to worry about being overcharged.
Many dealers in the shopping district will overcharge you while others sell fakes. If you find a pair of Nike sneakers for thirty dollars, it should be obvious that they’re not the real thing.
Scamming, Theft and Violent Crime
There are outright thieves lurking around in the resort town’s shopping district, however, the greatest threat in Alanya is not violent crime, but hucksters, con-artists and scammers. You’ll be safer from pickpockets if you keep your wallet close, not hanging halfway out of a back pocket, and you’ll be safer from criminals if you go out with a friend.
Finally, don’t use your credit card, pay for everything with cash. You don’t want anyone to have your personal information. Even if they don’t overcharge you for your purchase, they might sell your info to someone else at some point.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Alanya shopping.