Casual shopping in Turkey can be a bruising experience and should only be tried by the determined or the thick skinned. The cheaper outlets employ aggressive teenagers in tight, bright, white shirts to drag gullible punters in from the street. A firm refusal can often elicit a bellicose response. The posher shops seem to employ mostly female staff whose sales technique is softer but no less annoying. Speculative browsing is unbearable when tailed by the KGB and made to feel like a serial shoplifter.
I know customer service is all part of the culture but pushy people bring out the worst in me. Besides, recession ravaged Blighty has seen prices plummet with bargains galore and meaningful guarantees attached. We’ll be returning to London with an empty suitcase.