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Shopping Tips

These Shopping Tips may be of help when you are out shopping in Malaysia and Thailand.

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Please keep them so that if you have any problems with the goods purchased you may return them for refund, repair or exchange. This is also useful when you need to declare the goods at customs.

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Certificate of Guarantee

Make sure you obtain the warranty card from the seller for such items as jewelry, electronic items and other high priced items.

Export Certificates

If you buy any antiques or genuine work of art, you may need a certificate of export for such items. Do check with the store selling the goods if one is required.

Buddha Idols

These are forbidden to be exported or carried out of the Thailand. However there are exceptions for small idols that you can wear around your neck.

Roadside Vendors

Beware that these vendors rarely sell genuine goods.


This is where the fun is for those that like to exercise a little bit of their bargaining skills. This is applicable for all stalls and shops except for the fixed priced outlets at large shopping malls.

You should offer a price which is generally about half of what is being asked for an item and work from there. The trick is to feint disinterest in the item and walk away from it. Often if there is any profit at all, the vendors will call after you and agree to your price.

It is very important for you to be serious when you offer a price to the vendors. If your offer price is accepted then you must make good your offer. Otherwise you may hear some expletives called after you and it will not be very pleasant.

So the trick is only offer a price for an item you are genuinely interested in. Do start your offer at very ridiculously low bid. That way you will get the best price and avoid any unnecessary difficulty later.

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