Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Street Vendors / Local Farmers

This may be a small thing but we should really make it a concious effort on our part. Always try to buy from street vendors and local farmers plying their trade in a stand alone kerb stall. Their margins are low, they are trying to cut out the middleman, they are trying to cut out the wholesalers and distributors. They are trying to mitigate the effects of big bulk discount supermarkets. Of course I am not talking about those Petaling Street stalls that sell fake goods with 500% mark ups and they expect to be bargained down more than 50% anyways.

When you see genuine street vendors "making their own stuff", cooking their own food for sale, or local farmers plying their produce, .... try and buy from them, and try not to bargain. The same ringgit usually means more to someone than to us. Be thankful that we may have a job, a network or an education and work experience that allow us to make money much easier than a lot of other people. Being thankful is one thing, trying to be a good custodian of our good fortune and good things that come to us is another.

Have a good day....

5 comments:

ronnie said...

You are absolutely right.

sebastian godio said...

Good food for thought

durianpicker said...

if you pay what is listed for in middle east bazaar, most likely they won't be happy because you have just insulted them.

Unknown said...

This is exactly how I feel when I see them, these people are making an honest living, while there are bunch of thieves in disguise out there robbing the country to poverty.

Unknown said...

This is exactly how I feel when I see them, these people are making an honest living, while there are bunch of thieves in disguise out there robbing the country to poverty.