Why You Should Not Bargain With Small Street Vendors?
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Street Vendors | Why You Should Not Bargain With Small Street Vendors?

(Last Updated On: February 6, 2020)

Today even in small towns big malls, shopping complex, hypermarkets, big grocery shops and supermarkets are attracting people with offers and discounts. It has become a habit for many people to buy from these big shops only. People ignore the Small Street Vendors and small shops.

Who are street vendors?

Street vendors are persons who offer goods or services for sale to the public on the street. Street vendors do not have permanently built structure but with a temporary static structure or mobile stall or head-load.

Street vendor selling spices
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Street Vendor Selling Spices Image by M Ameen from Pixabay

Small street vendors offer easy access to a wide range of goods, fresh fruits, vegetables and services in public spaces. Their workplace is insecure, have poor social protection.

Small street vendors and their goods are exposed to strong sun, heavy rains and extreme cold and this cause many health issues. 

Small street vendors are not selling just for earning the profit, but that is their daily bread. Click To Tweet

Sometimes, they can’t earn anything and their children have to sleep hungry. Before bargain, think about them, their hungry children.

This doesn’t mean that you should pay if the offer price is not worth or beyond the market price. But don’t bargain knowingly if their offer is lower than or equal to the market price.

A short story of small street vendors

One man was walking on the road and he heard the voice of a footpath vegetable seller.”Sir, if you buy from me, you will get 5 benefits than the supermarket“.

He looked back and saw a poor man selling vegetables and a small boy (cashier) sitting on a chair.

Small Street Vendors Vegetables
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Small Street Vendors Vegetables

The man asked the seller, “what are the 5 benefits?” The vendor told him the benefits.

  1. No GST. So you will save that money against the purchase.
  2. Free carry bag – You will save the money which you pay for the carry bag in the big shop.
  3. You can bargain for the price here whereas you are paying the fixed price in the big shop.
  4. All the products are fresh from my organic farm and good for your health.

All these points helped the man to understand the benefits, and he gave the list of vegetables to the seller. He packed everything and handed over to the man. 

Small Street Vendors Tomato
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Small Street Vendors Tomato

The man paid the bill and moved, but found that one benefit as told by the vendor is missing. So he asked the seller, “where is the fifth benefit?

The seller smiled and pointed his finger at the small boy (cashier) sitting on the chair and said.

He is my son and his both kidneys damaged. I have not stretched my hands to anyone for his treatment. What you have given by buying the vegetables is also a charity. You will get the blessings of this help. This is your 5th benefit.

Read The Importance Of Honesty, Kindness And Integrity.

Act of Kindness with an old lady small street vendor

This is a story about an old lady which will help you understand the difficulties of poor small street vendors.

Always be helpful and supportive to someone who works hard to earn and has a need for it.  Click To Tweet

Some small street vendors sell low-grade products at a cheap rate. But many small street vendors sell fresh products from their village at a reasonable price.

Fresh vegetables carrot beans capsicum
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carrot beans capsicum

When we buy from big shops we have to pay for carrying bags (shop name and details printed). This is a kind of free advertisement. Their bill shows you saved this much, but, you save nothing.

In the shopping malls and big shops, we always pay a fixed price without bargaining. But many times we bargain heavily with small street vendors even though they quote a lower price than the big shops. 

Think about the small street vendors and pay them correctly for the daily bread to feed their hungry children. Click To Tweet

Final Thoughts

Think about the struggle and pain of street vendors to earn a little income to feed their hungry children and also to provide education to them. Many of them are doing this job avoiding their sickness, sitting in the rain and sun. They may be avoiding their food during the day to save that much money for their kids. Help them to provide a little education to their children. Help them to feed their children.

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