Vendors say it was not a good year this Christmas
Beckford Street looking like a department store as vendors display their goods all around.
A number of street vendors in downtown Kingston and Half-Way-Tree in St Andrew said yesterday that it was “not a good year” for them this Christmas.
The vendors, who were out in numbers trying to cash in on Christmas yesterday, told the Jamaica Observer that this year there were more sellers than buyers. One vendor, who identified himself as a Flex, said last year was better because people had more money to shop.
Bailey, a clothes vendor from downtown Kingston, said that sales were slow and it was not like last year.
It was a little better for Shaneka, who sells on Beckford Street in downtown Kingston. She said this year’s sale was good but last year was better.
At the same time, some blamed Chinese merchants who carry much cheaper goods for the drop in business.
“Chiny mash we up,” said Sash, a vendor in Half-Way-Tree, the St Andrew capital. “The Chinese are selling the fake shoes and clothes,” she added.
“The vendors that go overseas for the real things lose because the Chinese are selling the fake ones for less money,” she continued.
Sash said that people do not care about what is fake or real because they all look alike and many do not know the difference. She added that people buy the less expensive things such as shoes and clothing.
Alvin, a vendor in Half-Way-Tree for more than 10 years, said that the Christmas sale was not bad for him. “I got more goods this Christmas,” he said. “More people came and buy this time because I had the goods,” he added.