Odds and ends, bits and pieces, trash and treasure of every description are for sale at this free-for-all in the Aloha ... More
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
Odds and ends, bits and pieces, trash and treasure of every description are for sale at this free-for-all in the Aloha Stadium. Hundreds of vendors come to display their wares, and thousands of shoppers descend upon the booths ready to find a bargain. You can buy T-shirts, sarongs, beach towels, jewelry of questionable quality, electronic equipment and every other kind of merchandise imaginable. The entire Stadium fills up with people during these events and an atmosphere of glee can often prevail. Browse, examine, chat up the vendor...maybe you'll find something nifty; maybe you'll just have fun. Haggling is acceptable here, so don't be afraid to ask for a deal.
My saga from 7/27/2011 to get my $219.90 back from the merchant, Precious Stones LLC, selling at the Aloha Swap Meet & Marketplace, in Honolulu HI, still continues. I contacted the Better Business Bureau of HI, after receiving no help from the Aloha Swap Meet & Marketplace and the BBB quickly got involved. They had myself and the merchant, Linh Nguyen and her husband , negotiate an agreement. The BBB was acting as the middle man. She stated I had to remove all my posts of what had happened to me. She also wanted me to send a letter to the Aloha Swap Meet saying the issue had been resolved. She had originally asked me to write a letter of apology but I laughed at that, I will not apologies for being defrauded. She would then give the BBB a certified form of funds which the BBB would send to me. I sent the jewelry to the BBB which cost me another $10. I sent the three( 3) pieces and this is where it goes bad. This merchant now claims I bought four (4) pieces of jewelry, yet there is no itemized receipt, just a charge receipt with the total. She also claims the bracelet I sent is the wrong one which she says she never sold. The bracelet is the most fraudulent of all the three (3) pieces I bought. It's marked 928 but is actually stainless steel. The pendant is silver plated and the necklace is full of contaminates including lead and copper which leach out when worn. I'm not at all surprised that she is balking at the bracelet the most because it proves she is a thief and a liar. So she makes up some crazy dollar amounts and says she will only give the BBB $130 to refund to me which I declined.
The BBB was so great and sincerely apologized for not being able to resolve my issue with Precious Stones LLC, selling at the Aloha Swap Meet & Marketplace in Honolulu, HI. I can't say enough nice things about how hard they tried to help me, I appreciate their efforts. My complaint will remain open and on file so it can be viewed by other consumers at any time. Unfortunately when you're dealing with dishonest and immoral people, what makes common sense to us normal people, will not to them. So my next step is to involve the police and the court system. I have wasted so much time on this issue for such a small amount of money. My hope is that by stopping this unscrupulous merchant I can help other tourist and locals from being defrauded like I was. It's the principle, I was lied to, I was sold three (3) fake pieces of jewelry and I had an allergic reaction to two (2) of them. I would like my money back and I will now also be asking for my shipping charges and all court fee's to be paid in addition to the original $219.90. It's really mind boggling to me, why would I lie and send the wrong stuff back, would I really want to keep fake jewelry?
Precious Stones sold me fake silver jewelry. The lady swore up and down it was solid silver, it's stamped as real, she will rub it on the silver cloth to prove it's real but it all just silver plated. I paid $219 for 3 pieces. I started feeling tingles in my neck so I took the necklace off to look at it closely and the nickel was bleeding through which I am very allergic to. The amber pendant I also bought was turning. I wiped the back of the pendant with my cleaning cloth and the silver just wiped off and now it's copper colored. I bought all my jewelry on 7/27/11 so it lasted 8 days. Total scammers. They are at spot 6D17 Sun, 4C01 Wed, and 9D01 Sat. This is what is on their business card. If you also got scammed by these merchants please speak up so other's don't do the same. The stuff really does look real but it's not! When will I ever learn?
We dragged our thirteen year old grand-daughter who had not wanted to go. That little darling came alive at the Swap meet and had to be dragged away hours later as did the rest of us.The prices are great. There are tons of things to buy from coconut syrup, luggage, T-shirts, Hawaiian shirts, and all the souvenirs one could possibly want.We are going back to the island in the spring and this is on the "must do" list.
Kia Ora, there's plenty to see and do at the swap meet. if you are considering going for the first time, GO!!! the atmosphere is great and it's cheap. Can't wait to go back.
Having lived on several of the islands off and on over the years, we still enjoy the Aloha Stadium swap meet even though we tend to avoid touristy type places. It gives you a chance to do all of your souvenir shopping in one place, pick up some good deals (sometimes) and find something that you couldn't find elsewhere. Plus, we enjoy talking with the vendors and trying new foods we haven't had a chance to sample. Only one seed, nut and fresh fruit stand really is worth buying from and you will recognize it by the little sign in front advising you to watch out for stands that don't meet up to standards. He is right! We made the mistake of buying fresh pineapple from another stand and it was not as fresh or as good a quality and we felt a bit ripped off as it wasn't cheap! One year we picked up a name brand smaller backpack for a steal that we use on all of our trips; another year we found a Cecilio and Capono cd that I had been hoping to find but had not had time to go to a music store for. We always recommend this stop to friends and always look forward to going back. Take time to go all the way around and write down the price and vendor before you make the final decision. :)
You can get almost anything here for less than half the price you would have to pay in other places in Honolulu. It's even cheaper than the Military PX stores. A great place to buy luggage. I bought a bag to take extra "things" I bought in Hawaii for folks at home and paid exactly half of what the same bag was going for in the PX. Take walking shoes. It's BIG...
My wife and daughter, Always buy our stuff
and gifts to take back to the mainland at
the swapmeet. The products and prices are
such a bargain,and we get to shop from the
local people..and not a high priced waikiki
mall.We love this place..