Suez Canal Souvenirs
The boatman and the Electrician on-board always have extra baggage of different kind of souvenir from Suez Canal and Egypt. Lucky for the Electrician since he is inside the accommodation with separate cabin room and the boatman will stay either in crew mess room or tally office or gymnasium. In the morning, the Egyptian will unload their baggage to sell their goods from electronics, internet card, calling cards, fishing gears, paintings and different kind of statue souvenirs.
Since most of the ship has more Filipino crews, we are always their customer and we are always looking for any stuff to buy for gift giving when signing off. When asking for specific item, usually they priced with 100-300% more then it will start bargaining. They are used by the Filipinos of the term bargain since we always ask for discount. Maybe they think that we always ask for discount, much better if they will increase the price and they will agree in the middle of bargaining.
Here is some advice and proven one, when you want some item then ask for the price. They will make bargain with you then lower down the price a little bit and insist to get more other items to give you a bigger discounts. Let it go and go away for the meantime, just tell them you don´t have money or not interested anymore. When they start packing their things since it´s almost near the end of canal, ask again then they will give you the regular price and good bargaining, it´s like wholesale and shopping spree. “Don´t talk to others” is the most common word from them not letting know with your colleague how much the price is so they will give higher price to them.
Sometimes, they will discourage you from buying things from the boatman versus the Electrician, both of them because of the price. It depends to you where the lower price is.
Have you been to Suez Canal? What is your experience?
PS: Pardon my grammar, my English is bad.