Shopping in Morocco can sometimes be an incredible hassle. Most areas of the country that attract large numbers of tourists- like Fes and Casablanca- tend to have a think cloud of touts and faux guides who float around and try a large number of tactics to attempt to steer visitors into paying large amounts of money for low quality goods. But if you can get through this cloud of hustlers you can find really interesting items: carpets, clothing, textiles, shoes, leather goods all can be purchased for a reasonable price if you show the proper diligence and barter hard . . . like a Moroccan. One tourist rich city that seems to be less endowed with these hassles is Marrakesh. But always barter hard.
If a shop keeper names his price at 300 Dirham, a good place to begin bartering is at 100. Work your way up from here, but I do not recommend paying much over half of the shop keepers original price. Moroccans seem to often spend over a half hour bartering with a shop keeper. I do not think that it will not be out of the ordinary for you to do the same. Name your price and stick to it, is all that I can say.
On Moroccan Touts
The below photos are of markets, souqs, food and other items for sale in Morocco.
Travel Blog Posts from Morocco
Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
Brockport, NY, USA
January 13, 2008