The first thing to be mindful of is one we all know well, and thats a basic character judgment of a seller. Egyptian art is lovely, unique, and more over when surrounded by so much- easy to become intoxicated by. Most vendors will be wise to point out their items are reproductions, many done my master craftsman using traditional methods to achieve an authentic feel and look. However just as many can be mass produced low quality knock off work produced elsewhere in the world, and just as easy to find back home. Yet the one to be weary of the most are those selling “ authentic ancient antiques” These can be anything from small statues to portions of papyrus or decorated pieces of wall.
It's vital a potential buyer understand that they are most likely being taken for a ride in one of two ways. One, knowing that a western tourist drunk on the awe of their surroundings will be more likely to pay more on an impulse buy- regardless of the items quality or if it is authentic or not. The second is selling actual antiquities. These items are not only Illegal to sell and transport out of Egypt, but to possess in most countries. Many of these items are actually stolen from dig sites by a worker, or guard and sold out in the open along the streets hidden in plain sight. Some of the items may even be decorated with a fresh coat of paint to appear more modern. It is vital to understand the dangers of souvenir shopping, this not only applies to Egypt but any great tourist destination.