Recently, when doing research about the Souks and what they have for sale in Oman, a discovery was had. There are many different coins for sale in the Souks, and you can find imprints of varying types. However, the authenticity of these coins is under intense scrutiny. The logic is understandable, though. Sell a coin that is a replica of the original for a higher price, and the shop owners get more for their gold and silver. This means that a great majority of the “authentic” coin TYPES are really just silver, and not the real coins of the past. They are still real silver and gold, make no mistake, but being able to verify the authenticity of a gold or silver coin type is a little more difficult, especially when the coins are exact replicas.
What does this mean for the gold and silver Souk buyers who frequent the markets? Recently uncovered information advises you to stear clear of the “authentic” coins and just go for what the coins are worth if they were melted down. Being able to bring your gold and silver to other countries for a heftier bounty on your purchase means that the Souks will still in business and you will get a ton more than what you paid in Oman.
The Souks are a lot of fun and they are incredibly exciting. And, being able to cash in your purchase in a country far away for double or triple what you paid for is enticing to say the least. The best part about shopping at the Souks, for some, is the bargaining feature. Being able to bargain for the price you want is incredibly tempting. It may seem farfetched and silly to believe, but fantastic deals can be had here. And not just on gold, silver, and gems either! There are Souks selling some of the highest potency spices you will find anywhere, and they do it for cheap. If they don’t sell their stock, the spices go bad and they are out their cash. So bargaining may be better reserved for the perishable items that have a time frame to be sold.
Every major metropolitan area in Oman will usually have Souks you can visit. And remember, Souks almost always have the ability for you to bargain for the price you want. It is up to you to use your head and remain a smart shopper. Think about it, gold and silver has a price that remains pretty constant and it doesn’t go bad. That means that in some places it is going to be overpriced. Unsuspecting buyers will haggle for the price they want and leave paying more than it is actually worth. This is only in some places though, and sometimes gold, silver, and gems will go up and down in price. This means the shopkeepers will be offered an opportunity to purchase them at bulk prices. This forces fluctuations in the Souk market and is one of the main reasons for the ability to negotiate for price.