Gone are the days when items were exclusively found in shopping malls. Today, one is likely to get all they need from a vendor along the street, the office or at home.
Suzzie, a business woman enjoys doing her shopping on the streets. â€œI usually get good stuff from those roadside vendors at a cheaper price compared to the ones in shops,â€ she says.
On average, a bed cover goes for sh25,000 compared to the one in a shop at sh40,000.
A juice blender could cost about sh45,000 from a vendor along William Street which could not be about sh85,000 in shops.
But, while vendors are jubilating about their sales, business people with shops are mourning the loss of buyers.
Hajjati Halima, who owns three shops on Kampala Road is one such trader: â€œWe donâ€™t get many customers these days. I think itâ€™s because they can access the same items on the streets,â€ she says. Adding that one could sell nothing the entire day and yet be required to pay high rent for the premises.
However, be mindful of fake products and â€˜disposableâ€™ appliances on the market that easily find their way on the street.
Richard Kajjubi, a resident of Kampala, has misgiving about street-shopping after he bought a percolator which blew in his daughterâ€™s face causing her permanent damage. â€œYou may pay the other half of the price that you did not pay at the shop for the rest of your life,â€ says Kajjubi.
There are other risks in street- shopping. For instance, thugs may snatch your phone or handbag as you bend to bargain for that pair of peep toes. Nevertheless, street shopping in one way or the other is shopping made easy.
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