What is worth buying in Turkey? What not to take to Turkey? What currency to shop in?
We were going to Turkey this year, and due to the fact that none of my family or friends had ever been there, I relied on information from the Internet as to currency and shopping, well, but the reality is different. There are many posts that indicate that Turks treat dollars interchangeably with euros-not true. They are great economists and convert everything instantly, faster than we do. The fact that purchases in dollars are more favorable when converted to Polish zlotys than in euros, which in our country is a more expensive currency than the dollar, but the most advantageous purchases are made in Turkish lira, the currency in force in Turkey. Certainly many people will say that, after all, in Poland you can’t even buy this currency in exchange offices, yes it’s true, but Turkey is a civilized country and ATMs are on every corner, and at every cluster of trading Turks there are exchange offices where you can easily withdraw lira. We took dollars, so we did most of our purchases paying with this currency, but in the future, if we went to this beautiful country again, I would take a small amount of “hard currency” and withdraw the rest on the spot at the ATM, according to our needs.
Any purchase after converting to Turkish lira and a little cheaper than the euro, dollars is the cheapest in Turkish lira. And what is worth buying?
So yes: we would go without any flip-flops, because those brands “adidas, puma, etc.” They are cheap as borscht; another thing is short sports shorts- also very cheap, you can buy nice cotton tracksuits, socks for both men and women, underwear for men and women is also cheap. Women’ s handbags are a paradise for women who love this element of closet, so to speak. And of the grocery victuals I recommend Turkish heliva, inexpensive but very good. Alcohol, unfortunately, is expensive and it is not profitable to carry it- in Poland the same brands much cheaper. Leather they have beautiful ( I mean leather closet), good quality, but unfortunately for the average Pole quite expensive. Wonderful gold jewelry, but prices exceed 100 euros for fine earrings. And the best advice: haggle till you drop and don’t buy anything, after buying Russian and German citizens, because these spoil the Turks and pay any price they indicate.