My husband and I recently completed our trip in morocco - went to casablanca, marakesh, fes, ait ben haddou, merzouga, boulmane dades with the great help of tripadvisor users:) It was overall a very interesting place to visit and we are glad we made the trip; took many beautiful pictures of the amazing landscapes.
I will say however, there is one thing I wish i knew more about and wanted to pass on the advice. We got ourselves into a lot of situations where people would just pursue us trying to sell things, very aggressively. It was quite annoying and we ended up paying for things we didn't want, over paying or the combination of the two. I don't know how many others have experienced this but it really irritated me on multiple occasions the way we were preyed upon.
Example 1 - we arrived in marrakesh, parked our car and were in the process of unloading our luggage. We were approached by four young guys that literally took the luggage out of our hands and offered to lead us to our riad. They seemed really nice and I was like wow, what hospitality. The riad was maybe 1 minute away from the parking lot. You had to know where you were going through the little alleys but it was super super close. We got to the hotel and we tipped them 40 durhams which I know think was ridiculously generous. They proceeded to demand more, were becoming quite aggressive in the hotel lobby, refused to leave, told us that that was nothing in terms of tip, and had to be kicked out by the hotel manager who then essentially told us that that was way more than they should have been payed. I felt really angered by being taken for a ride like that and in general turned off by such an atmosphere.
Example #2 - this was a little later in our trip. We were driving from merzouga to fes and stopped in midelt for a quick bite to eat. We were exhausted from the long ride in the heat and just wanted to literally grap some food. We stopped to get gas in the city and asked gas station attendant if he recommended any restaurants in the area. Quickly, out of nowhere, this man appeared and inserted himself in the conversation, introduced himself in a very friendly way and asked us where we were from, how long we were visiting, and told us that he would show us our way to a really nice restaurant. I was really suspicious since I already had a feeling that aggressive people that just jump into situations where they see tourists and act all friendly are really just after your money somehow. My husband let him in our car as he said the restaurant was close by and he wanted to show us. He took us to restaurant and stayed with us, talking a bit about himself and then said I want to show you my store afterwards. I want to show you my carpets, etc etc. I was in a rush to get to fes but trying to be polite since he showed us the restaurant we agreed. He arranged for the waiter to come, took control of the situation and then left and came back before we were done our meal. My husband wanted to get up to get some money from bank but he pulled out his wallet, offered to pay since we could just pay him back later. Slowly, we were getting more obligated towards this guy and I knew it was going to be bad. He led us to his store and one by one pulled out all his carpets, exlaining the story behind them, etc etc. We had no intention of buying a carpet, all I ever wanted was to stop for a meal!! We were totally intertwined in this situation, where I felt obligated to sit and listen to him out of politeness but a part of me was gettting worried that we were going to be obligatde to purchase something. Then he said I am going to one by one put the carpets away and as a part of the berber tradition I want you to tell me yes or no (in terms of purchasing) which is hilarious given the fact that I never had any intention of buying a rug. We told him this and literally had to insist until it registered in his mind that we werent going to buy a rug. He started to become agitated and was like can you look at the jewelry, maybe you can buy some jewelry just to help out. So we indulged him and looked around. I asked him how much one of the plates was, mostly out of politeness but a part of me thought if it was cheap enough we could buy it and get the heck out of there. And also pay him the money we owed for lunch (with the whole purchase). That started a whole long big negotiation where he gave us an absolutely ridiculous price for a place ($150 USD) and then essentially pressured us into giving a counter offer. In the end we ended up walking out with a $40 plate, which I had no intention of buying, but literally was our only exit strategy and the thing that amazed me looking back on it was how carefully he strategized and manipulated us into the whole thing. I didn't give the details for sake of brevity of how he negotiated and the exact things he said, but he literally was a tourist predator. I was just so happy to get out of his store. Anyway, interested to hear others comments and hear anyone elses similar experiences? For people planning on traveling to morocco, be aware of these types of situations....