Alibaba & the 40 Thieves

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Itchan Kala, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Alibaba & the 40 Thieves Khiva Reviews

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Living Up to His Name Mar 02, 2017
It is never a good idea to advertise that you are willing to rip off tourists. Mr Alibaba is the highest priced shop in Khiva. Yes, ALL prices in every ‘shop’ or stall are negotiable and you must haggle. Alibaba, or whatever his name is, starts his price at double any other seller I ran into. His shop is in a prime location right under the Kalta Minor Minaret and he has probably been ripping-off customers for years. Sadly some tourists do not understand the concept of haggling in full or at all. Mr. Alibaba benefits from trying things that his neighbouring businesses do not. Please buy elsewhere. Everything he sells is available elsewhere. I even found a few stalls where they accepted the first price I offered when I explained that I would only pay a certain price.

His specialty is paper mâché puppets. There are at least 50 other places within a 5 minute walk selling the same items.
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