Tourist pays more

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  • #158753

    Alien
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    Oracle

    I had heard of foreigners paying more for drinks/food in Greece (and other countries).
    Must admit that I only once noticed it happened to us. Twice the price for a meze.

    On our last visit I noticed Greeks payed half the entrance price for a monastry …………….

    Just wondered: what would you do?
    Leave it or couldn’t you resist to make a comment?
    Ha, ha, and what comment.

  • #195873

    kiwi
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    Aristotelic

    I have struck that in poorer countries and when I asked why was told that we Americans were rich and could afford it. White tourist equalled American. I see no reason for this in Greece because prices charged are not cheap compared to other countries in Europe. I think that you could make them aware you know the prices maybe by saying I will have the spaghetti, that’s seven euros, correct? I know it’s hardly a nice feeling but I also object to being taken for a mug which is what they are doing when they charge. Be especially careful when buying fish…that’s the big con. Make sure of being charged for by the plate, or if it’s by kg, that it’s not written as by the gram.

  • #195872

    kolofarthos
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    Homeric

    On our last visit I noticed Greeks payed half the entrance price for a monastry …………….

    Quite old those Monastery stones ( πŸ˜† ) …….so they have to get income for their upkeep, especially in a socialist way from the rich. ic_wink
    I cannot remember having paid to enter one before, thinking of last Monastery visit on Tilos. [ perhaps it was rolled into the bus fare?…]

    But that dodges the question. Maybe the locals had a special multi trip deal or a seasonal rate? reb_popo

    As long as paid the correct ‘advertised and accepted rate’ I would be content I had been treated correctly. Many times the correctly advertised price for a taverna has been paid only to receive extra drinks or tasters or even extra dishes for free so I have no problem with someone getting charged less. Eateries in Scotland normally do not give you anything that has not been ordered and everything will be paid for!

    In fact that sort of ‘special treatment’ has happened to me locally (i.e. not in Greece- getting charged less, that is) where my local Greek restaurant has served me at a reduced price or specially made an off the menu item (not a usual thing here) and only charged less than the equivalent menu item. Friendly with the chef is maybe the reason, I have no issues either way.

    Being overcharged as Kiwi suggests is a different matter…………….but after a few glasses of wine I probably wouldn’t notice ………… πŸ˜›

    It’s a bit like when you are sitting on a plane only to find the person in the next seat has paid less for exactly the same service. Do you feel aggrieved?

    Was this in a tourist trap area and can you be certain, Alien, that there was a general reduction for Greeks? If so, rather than some particular individuals who just possibly might be suffering badly at this time, I can understand that it might leave a bit of a bad taste.

  • #195871

    kiwi
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    Aristotelic

    Another thought about the half price…Greeks over 65 pay half for many things like bus, admissions etc, and I think some have special passes if they are unemployed.

  • #195875

    brenda
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    Hoplite

    When my husband and I did any touring around Greece he always paid less and reminded me not to speak within earshot of the ticket booth…neither English, nor my “accented” Greek… so they wouldn’t think we were “tourists”. This was mainly at museums, for us, but it applied to any place where people had to buy tickets.

  • #195876

    kolofarthos
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    Homeric

    woaa, I’d better brush up on my Greek four letter words and accent then…….but I’d have a long way to go and could never pass as a Greek! I’m far to far laid back and lacking a tan!

  • #195877

    Alien
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    Oracle

    Indeed, usually one doesn’t pay for a visit to a monastry. Maybe because I was at the Meteora 2 years ago, I wasn’t surprised I did have to pay.
    As I thought it was quite expensive for a small monastry/museum I just hung around the ticketbox as I had noticed a Greek looking and Greek speaking man outside.
    Just wanted to know if he would have to pay the same. Though my Greek isn’t good, I did understand “iese Ellines”.

    I know this isn’t usual conduct in Greece. Many tourist I have heard do get discount when they can proove they are 65+

    I can absolutely not complain when so many other Greeks give us so much. We don’t know them, will never see them again and they just offer a beer or wine and owners of taverna’s are usually very good it is sometimes difficult to even spend money πŸ˜›

  • #195874

    kiwi
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    Aristotelic

    Yes the good Greeks are memorable when they sit with you at the end of a meal and shout you a liqueur or a tsipouro.

  • #195878

    Ratzakli
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    Neophyte

    I can’t say how the recent economic problems have affected things but I lived on Kefalonia during the 90’s and worked at 4 different bars and restaurants over an 8-year period.

    We often had guests who had been to cheaper places like Spain previously and were surprised at the prices they found in Greece – and they tried to insist that there must be an additional mark-up added on when tourists were paying.

    However, I can honestly say that I never experienced different prices for locals and tourists anywhere – and that included all the other bars and tavernas we used, the mini-markets or the larger supermarket in Argostoli (there was only the one in those days!! πŸ˜‰ )

  • #195879

    tpebop
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    Neophyte

    We live on Rhodes.
    Admission to ancient sites here is half price for OAPs,
    We also found out by just asking,that admission to The Aquarium in Rhodes Town was half price.

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