Camel Leather Rucksacks – 2017 Best Buy No.303/01/2018
Earlier last year I visited Morocco and discovered that it was a wonderful place to shop, especially if you like leatherwear. Whilst browsing through the souk markets in Marrakech I noticed that there were a number of stalls selling very similar leather goods. Every so often I would come across a vendor selling something a little different, and this would draw me into their stall. With the array of bags on display I was determined to buy at least one leather bag. Most stalls had a very traditional tan brown satchel styled rucksack, with three or four flapped buckled pockets at the front. This style came in various sizes and was what I was originally going for. However, my attention was turned to a slightly smaller rucksack with a more modern take on the satchel. It came in a number of colors: dusty blue, red, tan and brown. When I enquired about the price, I was told they were the equivalent on £35. This was a good price for a sturdy leather bag, but my aim was to get one of these bags as cheaply as possible. When buying in these markets, the name of the game is to haggle. I tried my best to talk the vendor down. £30 was as low as he would go. A good deal, but not good enough for me. “I would like to buy two bags. What’s the best you can do for me?” I boldly asked. I eventually got him to lower the price to two for £50. Now we’re talking. My adrenalin is rushing. I definitely wanted to buy both bags, but I thought I would push just a bit more for a better deal. Thanks! I said. I think the guy over there is selling them cheaper. Let me go back to him and check again first before I decide. I put the bag down and turned to walk away from the stall. A little nervous now, as I had not seen these particular bags anywhere else. Okay, okay he said. You drive a hard bargain. You can have two for £40. “Deal!” That’s the type of bargain I was looking for (although I am sure if I had the tenacity I could have got them even cheaper).
I was proud of my battering skills and content with the price I paid. There is a certain rush I get when I find a bargain of quality. In the end I decided to give these two beautiful, well-crafted and unique camel leather rucksacks away as gifts. One to each of my daughters. They loved them.
The effort I went through to purchase those bags made the prize even sweeter. That’s why these bags are my No. 3 best purchase for 2017.
Here are my top 5 purchases for 2017 at a glance: