If you are thinking about buying a cheap camera, I-phone or other device in Gran Canaria, be very careful where you go. A lot of the shops in the tourist areas are selling fake goods and there have been reports of these shops double-swiping credit cards, selling old models, boxing up a different model to what you were shows or selling fake electronics.
I bought a “Techniks” CD player in my first week in the island and it worked find but not everyone is so lucky and once you are back home it is usually too late to do anything about the problem.
The Indian shops in the Pasarella Centre by Puerto Rico beach are some of the worst ones. Saying that, there are one or two reputable ones but it’s better not to buy electronics or anything expensive from these shops. Why risk it?
If you want to buy electronics check the prices in your local shops before you leave home. Some electronics are the same price or more expensive than what you could get at home. If you do want to buy something in Gran Canaria, Visanta is a reputable electronics chain – there is one in the Yumbo Centre and another in the Meloneras area.
Perhaps you are buying a mobile phone, in which case check it is unlocked and works with your sim card. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the Canaries, you might want to get a Spanish sim card to save money on calls.
The saying “caveat emptor”, which means “buyer beware”, is an important one to bear in mind. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is!