After you tour the Valley of the Kings, you will likely be taken to an alabaster shop to see workmen handcarving this ancient Egyptian mineral that was used for tomb furnishings, bowls, shabtis (images of servants), scarabs, and multiple other uses. You can even buy a set of canopic jars for your major organs in case you plan to be mummified. The demonstrations of what these workers do is quite impressive, because although machine made alabaster is beautiful, the workmanship that goes into hand made goods makes them far superior. You will be shown how to tell real from fake alabaster by weight and light. I was not pressured to buy anything either time I was there, but did. But be sure to haggle. Think of what price you want to pay for the objects, then halve it. The manager WILL counteroffer. Start pushing items away at that point and make your own counteroffer. It's hard for many Westerners to do but is expected in Egypt.