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Old June 12th, 2007, 01:17 PM
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Default Panama hats - best place to buy? Price?

I am interested in buying a man's panama hat (Fedora hat).

I can buy the nice ones (suc as in these pictures) http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...%3Den%26sa%3DG

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...%3Den%26sa%3DG

for about $50 = $60 over the Internet, and even some nice ones in key west for about $45, so I am only interested in buying one in Panama if it is a good deal. I am not interested in crap (such as what you find at the Straw market in Nassau).

If any of you have actually purchased such a hat while on a cruise that stopped in Colón, Panama, please tell me what price I can expect and where is the best shop to find such a hat.

Are they being sold by vendors right at the pier or do I have to go into a special store? What is a starting sale price and what is a "good deal?"

Thanks in advance.
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Old June 12th, 2007, 08:03 PM
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My husband purchased one at one of the shops at the pier for around $20. I have no idea what grade it is, but it's held up well and he loves it!
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I bought one in Panama exactly like my neighbor (he only buys the best) and he paid about 50 for his. After much bargaining I got mine for 6 USD. I actually think mine is better made than his.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 02:02 PM
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I bought one in Panama exactly like my neighbor (he only buys the best) and he paid about 50 for his. After much bargaining I got mine for 6 USD. I actually think mine is better made than his.
That's the kind of deals that I like to do myself. What was the first asking price? Where was this? At the pier somewhere?
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Oh how funny....I am on these boards....daily

But I have never thought of "Panama Hats" ......I absolutely Love Them...

and we are going in Sept....how could I have NOT thought of that....

IMHO....Hats need to make a comeback

My father always wore one...everyone called his special "dress hat"...his Frank Sinatra hat........my DH now has it...I just wish he had more opportunity to wear it.

Thank you, thank you for the thought
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Oddly enough, the best place to buy them is in Cuenca, Ecuador, where most of them are made.
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Indeed one of the great trick question is where Panama hats are made. It is indeed Equador. There are a lot of different grades ranging in price from $25 to several hundred dollars
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Panama hats are made in Ecuador. They were called Panama hats as the workers on the canal wore them and when they returned from Panama the name stuck.
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My husband bought one in the market also...very nice looking....very cheap.
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I am interested in buying a man's panama hat (Fedora hat).

I can buy the nice ones (suc as in these pictures) http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...%3Den%26sa%3DG

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...%3Den%26sa%3DG

for about $50 = $60 over the Internet, and even some nice ones in key west for about $45, so I am only interested in buying one in Panama if it is a good deal. I am not interested in crap (such as what you find at the Straw market in Nassau).

If any of you have actually purchased such a hat while on a cruise that stopped in Colón, Panama, please tell me what price I can expect and where is the best shop to find such a hat.

Are they being sold by vendors right at the pier or do I have to go into a special store? What is a starting sale price and what is a "good deal?"

Thanks in advance.
I believe the Panama hats are made in Ecuador.

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If you need one before you go. There is a nice selection at:

www.hatsinthebelfry.com

The also have a couple of store locations.
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