My daughter, granddaughter and I had a terriffic visit to Marakesch, Casa Blanca and Fez. But we learned a few things about touring and shopping! We traveled by train, a pleasant experience. In both cases we were approached by very friendly "guides" on the train. One guide, Dani, represented himself as working for the Ministry of Tourism. (not true) These people will provide a pleasant "paid" tour. What they don't tell you is that they are also on commission from select hotels and shops where you are encouraged to overpay for the value received.
At Dar Zarbia in Fes, a rug merchant, carpets were completly misrepresented, Fraud is a proper term! They lied about the origin of the carpet, they claimed it to be silk when it was synthetic, the value was overstated. Stay away from these people!
There are three prices in Morocco- the tourist price (3x the value of the item), the Berber price (the tough negotiation price) and the family price ( a proper value) When negotiating and they tell you "I can't feed my childern" you are getting close to the Berber price.
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