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Ripped Off In Jerusalem!

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My job sent me to Tel Aviv, Israel, for two weeks in March. I decided to hire a private tour guide for the weekend at a cost of $450, which I was told was the going rate for a private tour of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas, including the Yad Vashem. The tour guide was recommended by the Dan Tel Aviv hotel staff. While on the tour, the guide repeatedly attempted to take me to all his friends' shops in Jerusalem to get me to spend money, which I didn't until he brought me to a particular shopkeeper who charged me $450 for a medium-sized brass menorah, a beaded scarf, and a ring. I was accompanied by other people and kept asking for assurance that I wasn't getting ripped off. No one knew whether I was or wasn't, and the tour guide didn't offer any help, of course. So, I paid $450 and left. After I arrived back at the hotel, I discovered I had indeed been grossly overcharged and, embarrassed at my momentary stupidity, went back to Jerusalem the following week to try to return everything. That was a big mistake because the shopowner all but kicked me out of his shop and wouldn't listen to a word I said. He said everything was 'hand made'...!! Please. Hand made my a$$. The menorah has the tag from the website he ordered it from for $40! I tried to dispute it with my credit card company, but was unsuccessful.

I'm sharing all this in the hope that I can help someone else and maybe prevent others from becoming victims. This was a new experience for me (I only expected a tour of Jerusalem) and I hadn't been forewarned. So, please be vigilant and don't get sucked in by 'reputable' tour guides and fast-talking shopkeepers.

The name of the shop is:

DAVID'S SOUVINERS AND JEWELLRY (all mispelled)
DAVID ST. #12 JERUSALEM -OLD CITY
TELEPHONE 086929056

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