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“Lost Charm” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Burma Bazaar

Burma Bazaar
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: An interest in foreign-made goodies started the formerly popular market Burma Bazaar, a treasure house for DVDs, perfumes and tech products. Though the market is lackluster now, it still makes for a good walk to see if you might find something interesting from across the borders.
Chennai (Madras), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
“Lost Charm”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

Burma Bazaar is more popular among teenagers looking for cheap DVDs and CDs.

There are some shops which sell genuine stuffs, but most if them r fake. You buy a Rambo DVD taking it to be Rambo..but it will be either blank or something else...print quality us pathetic.. Call it your luck if it works out to be as told by the shopowner.

This place is avoidable and please don't go with your family or females.

Avoidable in all respects.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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84 reviews
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“Better stay away ...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

When the import duty was high this place thrived with all sort of smuggled electronic goods / choclates & alcohol.

With import duty relaxed all they shop owners have turned to selling fake electronic goods / perfumes for cheap price / Pirated movie and porno CDs.

Shop owners keep calling you to visit thier shop, just ignore and keep walking. Dont have eye contact (Sun glass might help) that way they'll move on to pester the next guy. See all you want, if you touch they'll force you to buy it. Shops near the Beach railway stn might be saffer, worst case you can run into the stn or call the police.

Buy things only if you know someone in person there, some of these guys have direct contact with customs official and sell goods confiscated by customs. Risks are fake goods / No warranty. Not worth it .... at all.

Never go with your wife / girl friend / kid.

Nearest restroom : Paid one in Beach stn - Not a clean one, but there is one.
Food: Saravana Bhavan inside Beach stn is good.

Visited January 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“Cheapest when you bargain”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2012

When you need to buy certain items cheapest, then your search will lead and end in Burma Bazaar which is close to Beach station. You should avoid brokers and visit the shop directly to get best deals. Be careful and check the items more than once as it don't carry any warranty most of the times.

Visited December 2012
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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“"Full of imported but Fraud products and sellers"”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2012

Yrs ago Burma bazaar used to sell a lots imported and custom caught products like scents, Watches, Electronic Items, Sports items, and so on.
But now the shops there sell second hand electronic items like cell phones. Refurbished stereos. Stolen cell phones, parts and other electronic items.
They also sell Cigarettes, old scents and lighters.
Now most of the shops mainly sell Second hard and Korean cell phones and Pirated Movie DVD.
But there are still imported items available.

Pros -
1. Hub for Imported items.
2. Movie DVD of all kinds and all languages available at very cheap cost.
3. Cell phones at low cost. (but hav to buy at ur own risk).
4. Korean mobile sets available at lowest costs.
5. Most kids of Electronic Items like cordless phones, DVD players, Music systems, LCDs and computer peripherals.

Cons -
1. Anything u buy, u wont get guarantee or warranty or Bill..
2. Any product u buy, u have to buy or ur own risk because the products would be second hand and even stolen..
3. The sellers are very rude and they sometimes behave very harshly when u dont buy their products. They pull hand to their shops voluntarily and make u buy the products. SO BEWARE..
4. there are some person who tries to sell u illegal products and DVDs. That might lead u to arrest. BEWARE AGAIN!!

Overall, if u have money and need a good product. Try avoiding this place..
If u know sells there, u can buy from there at very low cost.
Its all u risk...

Visited December 2011
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