by Tammy Ann
July 8, 2001
Finding what you need and comparison shopping are made easy as the shops and stalls are arranged by type of product or service. Need a suitcase? You'll find no less than ten stalls side-by-side selling bags ranging from new to slightly-refurbished to seen-better-days. Want a new 22-carat gold necklace? You'll be dazzled by the displays in the jewelry shops. Perhaps you just want a tea strainer. No problem. Stop by one of the many odds-and-ends tables and stalls that line the marketplace. In addition, you can find books, eyeglasses, sewing material and notions, toys, sweets, fresh fruits, vegetables and spices, electronics, hairbrushes and barrettes, saris, and almost anything else you can imagine.
"Let the buyer beware" is good advice for shopping at New Market. Namebrand knock-offs such as Rebok and Bolex abound, as do items labeled as namebrands that are actually cheap imitations. Also be prepared to bargain, as paying the asking price isn't expected. Just know going in that foreigners will probably pay more than locals.
You will want to take your own bags to carry home your purchases since shopping bags are not routinely provided.
From journal Getting to Know Dhaka