SHOPPING in UKRAINE: Where to Buy? What to Say? How Much to Pay?

 

WHY TO SHOP IN UKRAINE? Cheap and Quality

  • Cheaper: Prices in Ukraine are, in general, lower than in Europe and U.S. Unfortunately, Ukraine is one of the poorest countries in Europe and to ensure that someone buys their goods, the manufacturers often have special price ranges for Ukraine.
  • Quality: Many clothes are manufactured locally or nearby in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, which have good production base and highly skilled workforce. At the same time, costs of manufacturing are lower than in Europe and the U.S. and, therefore, lower prices.
  • Shopping Mall alternatives: There are still many open-air markets that sell same clothes cheaper than big downtown stores/shopping malls. More at http://issuu.com/goukraineexpat/docs/...
  • Take the advice from locals: if you want to save money and buy really cool, not massmarket souvenirs or anything else - it'd be great if you'll take the advice from ukrainian friend or your guide. Together you could find really non-touristic places to shop!

HOW TO SHOP IN UKRAINE? What to Say in Ukrainian (UA) or Russian (RU) languages

Instructions: Try Ukrainian language first (see below: UA). If they don't understand, try Russian language (see below: RU). Key words are written here in CAPITAL letters. Ukrainians use Cyrillic (more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrillic... ),  but your computer may not show Cyrillic characters. Therefore, below words are written with English letters, exactly as they are pronounced in Ukrainian language (see below: UA) or Russian (also widely used, specifisities at http://goukraineexpat.info/talk_your_way)  language (see below: RU). 

Hi, I want to BUY THIS [pointing]

UA: Vitaiu! Ya hochu KUPITI TSE [pointing]

RU: Zdrasvuite! Ya hochu KUPIT ETO [pointing]

HOW MUCH does THIS [pointing] COST?

UA: SKILKI TSE [pointing] KOSHTUIE?

RU: SKOLKO ETO [pointing] STOIT?

Can I PAY in HRYVNA? ("hryvna" (UAH) is the Ukrainian currency)

UA:Ya mozu SPLATITI HRIVNOI?

RU: Ya mogu PLATIT GRIVNOI?

Thank you!

UA:Diakuiu!  

RU: Spasibo!

POSSIBLE REPLIES

Ok

UA: Dobre

RU: Horosho

Sorry!

UA: Vibachte!

RU: Izvinite!

I don't speak English.

UA: Ya ne govoriu angliiskoiu.

RU: Ya ne govoriu po-angliiski.

Good buy!

UA: Do pobachennia!

RU: Do svidania!

PRICES: average approximate

On the positive side, cost of living in Ukraine is still lower than in Europe and the U.S. Prices in Ukraine depend on petrol/gasoline prices, which determine delivery costs. See http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living , select: "Ukraine" or http://pricesin.net , search for "Ukraine"

SHOPS vs. OPEN-AIR CLOTHES MARKETS vs. INTERNET SHOPPING

  • OPEN-AIR MARKETS used to be 5-10% cheaper than shops. Now, as a rule, prices are the same, but at markets you may negotiate the price with a vendor or look for a bargain. Some open-air markets are still cheaper but, reportedly, quality of goods may be inferior. As a rule, there are no cash registers at Open-air markets. And so you may not be able to return what you’ve bought there. Usually, a cash register's receipt ("fiscal check") or a “merchandise check” issued by sellers allows you to return purchases in shops/stores. 
  • SHOPPING MALLS: are many especially in Kyiv, Ukraine's capital. See images and descriptions at  http://pinterest.com/janeukane
  • INTERNET SHOPPING (e-shops) is mostly for electronics, computers and appliances. As a rule, prices are lower than in “physical” hardware shops. E-shops usually provide with manufacturer’s warrantee and, do free in-town delivery of any purchase, however small/cheap it is.