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“Aggressive Shopkeepers”
Review of Crafts Market

Crafts Market
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Kingston Highlights Tour from Montego Bay
Ranked #31 of 40 things to do in Montego Bay
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

A good place to find locally crafted souvenirs, but a bad place to bring a family.

The shopkeepers are aggressive and will physically block the exit once you are in the store, verbally trying to sell you useless items for high prices.

My fiancée found this environment uncomfortable and we did not enjoy it as much as we thought. I ended up purchasing a $10.00 handmade beanie hat, but it was not worth the hassle of winding through a maze of vendors eyeing tourists like prey.

We have been to local markets in other areas of the world, but this has to be one of the most pushy and aggressive ones in Jamaica.

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Reviewed 2 October 2016

If you enjoy bartering for a bargain this is the place for you. We were there early on a Tue. morning and were the only ones in the place. We were greeted by just about all of the people selling items. We had a great time bidding on items and buying. I was looking for for a Jamaican knitted shoulder pouch, there was only one in the whole place made by the seller. We had fun meeting and talking with everyone. It is a good place to immerse yourself into the culture.

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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Okay so we go to Jamaica almost every year. And the craft market is always on our list of things to do. We make a list of people we are buying for and set a budget. Buying at the craft market things to know 1. is the money is going back to locals. In away it is like thanking Jamaica. 2. The lady's and men are friendly if one dose not have it in there shop they will tell you who does. 3. There is always room for bargaining always. If one dose not want to except your offer go to the next stall chances are they may have the same items. 4. Check out the local paintings and wood carving a lot of the time they are one of a kinds. 5. I recommended going early morning when it is not so busy you will have more time to look around and they are not so pushie. 6. They all have a story you will be surprise 7. Always deal in there currency. 8. Don't get upset they are trying to make a honest hard working living.

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Reviewed 31 July 2016

This review and listing is for the old fort craft market. It's a ramshackle assortment of small hut shops arranged up the side of a hill. It's slow this time of year which is the downside since at one point we were the only customers in the whole place. The shop owners are aggresive in asking you to visit their shops, but not rudely and they often had amusing pitches to get your attention. We never felt trapped and they just wanted you to visit their shop and give them a chance. If you looked sincerely they would be satisf I ed they had a chance. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting some of the real Jamaicans. Only one of them we had not bought from tried to make us feel guilty to buy something. They will all ask you just to buy something small - just say no if you don't see anything of interest. We spent most of the time in the back shops that get less traffic. They most appreciated it and had some more unique items. Much of them all have the same items, so overall the market isn't a wide variety, but you can find uniquely local things at least. Avoid the Hip Strip that is the coastal drive that starts at the end of the market - the shops there are bigger and more civilized but almost all owned by foreigners with much imported items.

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Reviewed 25 June 2016

We visited the market during an outing from our resort. Prepare for mildy aggressive selling tactics. I'm sure we over pod for everything, but my children loved the conch shell and carved turtles, and the personalized fans were appreciated by the mothers. Reality is: you can buy most of this at the airport. But I did enjoy chatting with a proprietress of 45 plus years.

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