Just back last night from PDC. Weather crap and hard work chasing around looking for shelter to catch the odd elusive ray! Second bad christmas there. Had a great time though and loved the San Antonio Hotel who put up the best Christmas ever for adults and kids alike.
I went to buy a camera. A simple idiot proof camera that you take pictures with. You put the film in take a photo and drop the film to your
developer and get your photos. Sounds simple, like me and photography!
I do not know if I can name the shop but if I can I will on a later post when I know if I can or not as this guy is the pits.
You look in the window and he runs out shows you a Sony Camera. Yes adigital one. No file go to developer with a little card type thing same as your film. All is going well. Sony is a reputable name world wide guarantee so I agree and buy the camera for €85. I pay, then comes the sell....Yes thats right after I have paid.
This camera is not really the one for you. To save you buying card type thing as (he has my best intersts at heart of course), he will sell me the no brand camera for another fifty euro.
I do not want it. Infact I do not trust this guy now. I do not want anything off him. I tell him so and ask him for my money back. I have no proof I gave him my cash have I so he says I can call the poice if I want. Oh and I now have no camera as he was packing it in a box when the row started.
I explain that I do not trust him and that is why I cannot buy anything from him. He then says that I am saying bad things about him. He is quite abusive. he explains that he has a witness that I gave him no money and that I have said he is dishonest and he can have me locked up. If I do not want to end up in a police station take the unbranded camera and get out.
I asked him why he did not explain that the Sony camera was not the best one for me until after he took my money and he became quite angry as people were listening. Potential customers were starting to not lust walk but run out of the place.
He was not letting me have the Sony camera I had bought and that was the end of it. So I slunk away with my €85 unbranded digital camera that I cannot use and has no cards in it as it has its memory in the flash. So seemingly I take some piece of computer connection wire and the camera to the developer and he will develop my pictures. I would say that is after he calls the guys in white coats and an ambulance for me!!
I cannot do anytjing for myself but would love to name this shop as people should be warned against this guy. He was of Indian origin and not spainish. I accept it was my own fault but really you do not expect people to be so openly evil.
Can I name the shop, as there is nothing else I can do now, except warn other people to beware of these guys and do not pay until the item is in a bag in your hand.
The advice to anyone thinking of buying an electrical item - get it at your UK airport.
BTW, more bad news for you - the forecast for the next 5 days is sunny.
they want your cash until they have it , you must extract as much off them as you can before parting with it.
i personally never trust any shop abroad as they wil rip you off as they know that you will be back in the UK by the time it breaks down.
ok the weather was iffy, so began an exercise around the camera shops in playa blanca, knowing what i wanted and how much, i played ignorant, it was raining, so i took my time, a lumix rx7 was offered to me for 350£ with no memory, the memory was special offer, at 35£, took my time, and was offered it for 300£, the 'owner@ then made a fatal mistake, he showed me his receipt book and boasted he had sold the same camera to a german for 800 euros, in back and white, he showed me several more receipts all for outragious money.
i felt like reporting this info to someone, but reconcidered as i'm sure the local council knows about it.
its a bit galling because these people advertise as being the cheapest in the world/galaxy/universe, and many people get ripped off.
went back a few days later and was treated with some hostility, they are all the same bombay mafia, and are on the phone to each other if they smell a rat, or sucker, beware.
Does anyone know if there are any legit electrical stores on the island and are they likely to have any psp's yet.
Need quick reply flying on Thursday morning early,
Seriously, I wouldn't bother with any of the electrical shops in the Canaries, sure some people get a 'bargain' but on the whole, they are shady dealers of inferior products. See this thread on the Tenerife forum: http://www.holidaytruths.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=15615
If your son can't be parted with his games for the holiday, rent a games console for him instead!!!
Its not that my son cant be parted from his games, its just he has been given holiday money and thats wot he wanted to buy with it and we cant seem to get hold of one here in the Uk, was just wondering if we might have been lucky out there.
I don't really know what a psp looks like but I would still be very wary of buying out here unless you are absolutely sure that the specs are the same. There is one shop on the strip where I have bought stuff, and another in Deiland, but it has always been for use here, and bought the games here too.
I seem to remember my son buying a Nintendo 64 and UK games would not play on it.
A PSP is the new small hand held version of a Play Station, its Sony's new baby and have only just arrived here in the UK the last few weeks so i wasent sure whether you would even have them yet in the Canaries.
They are like Gold Dust here at the moment.
Arriving in Costa Teguise tomorrow so hope the weather improves.
which airport are you flying from? i know gatwick and stansted both have a branch of Dixons at their terminals. It may be worth a phone call to the airport you are flying from they may have an electrical type shop that has what you want.
Just be carefulk, most of the shops try to con you but there are some that are OK, Charlie's has a good reputation. My own son bought a gameboy advance in one of them years ago when they first came out and got it for half the UK price and he still has it.
Bargains can be had but you have to be careful.
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