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How do I tell if it's a reputable shop?

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Grand Cayman
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How do I tell if it's a reputable shop?

I'd like to buy some of the mosaic glass lamps and have them shipped back to me in Canada. Is there any way to tell if a company is reputable? Ok, I know that sounds like a silly question but is there some sort of Turkish tourism stamp I could look for?! I have visions of me paying for the lamps and then never getting them and having no way of following up!

I tried asking our tour operator, in case he could follow up if the lamps never arrive, but he said that he didn't know of a specific shop.

We're staying in the Sultanahmet area so I was thinking of hitting some of the lamp stores and avoiding the Grand Bazaar, although maybe those stores are just as legitimate?!

Thanks!

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1. Re: How do I tell if it's a reputable shop?

daisey, The best is to go by the rebiews and recommendations. Here are two good shops on Taya Hatun street at Sirkeci, very close to Gulhane tram stop: "tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293974-d3…", and "tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293974-i368-k6804…". This is a street of mosaic glass lamps.

enigma...

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2. Re: How do I tell if it's a reputable shop?

Thanks enigma, I didn't realize that there was a specific section where I could easily do my shopping. I'm going to check out both of those stores you mentioned and will add my review!

3. Re: How do I tell if it's a reputable shop?

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