Inflatable plastic toys gaining popularity
By Zakir Hassnain
PESHAWAR: Chinese inflated plastic toys have flooded local markets and are in great demand due to hot weather.
Both adults and children enjoy relaxing in toy swimming pools filled with water to beat the sizzling heat while small children rest in water-filled homes, chairs, ducks, lions, fish, aero planes, and other such floating toys.
Local shopkeepers and roadside toy sellers purchase inflated toys from Karkhano markets, a few kilometers from Peshawar, which are famous for smuggled goods. Roadside sellers have a variety of inflated plastic toys and do a roaring business in hot season.
I have a variety of swimming pools at reasonable prices ranging from Rs 450 to Rs 1500 and they are for both adults and kids, Ijaz, a roadside seller, told Daily Times.
Ijaz, a young boy and resident of Mansehra, Hazara, said he bought plastic toys from Kharkhano markets. Most Chinese plastic toys come from Lahore to Karkhano markets in containers and huge stocks, he said.
Ijaz said inflated toys were used only in summer and were of no use in winter. We dont have any customers in winter for water-filled toys. However, rocking toys for kids give us little business, he said.
I save Rs 20 to 50 on a small piece. Large swimming pools give a good profit, he said.
Ijaz charged customers extra money for air pumps. He said customers were given one glue sticker free of cost for punctures. He said plastic toys lasted for two to three years if properly handled.
Tanvir Ahmed, another roadside toy seller on Sher Shah Soori Road in front of the railway station, said he had left school. My father has given me money to do this business. Sometimes I purchase toys from Karkhano market shopkeepers on credit. They trust me, said Tanvir, 14.
Sometimes we dont have a single customer for two or three days and its really disappointing, said Kashif, anther roadside seller. Kashif said Karkhano shopkeepers increased prices of inflated toys in summer.
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There are several things to consider2007-01-19 18:04:57 by withgaragesales
First, your market. Is your neighborhood full of garage sale groupies? The kind that mark their calendar and hit all the stops... looking for junk, not antiques or high end stuff to resell. If that's the case, then go with higher (not real high) prices. Some areas are just setting their alarms so that they get the bargains and then other areas are just "sniffing" out the extra, ultra cheap, cheap, cheap stuff.
Second, you have to consider whether you really need to get rid of the item. If you cannot get more than a dollar for it, take it rather than have to toss it out.
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