Mumbai nagariya is not only the city of dreams but is also a shopper’s delight. While there are hordes of designer shops and malls, street shopping is the cheapest, fun and entertaining than all. As women and shopping go hand in hand, so does Mumbai and street shopping!
Be it luxury or economical, you just can’t escape from this kind of mania. Right from Hill road and linking road to Fashion Street and Colaba Causeway, the streets are flooded with vendors bringing their collection at wholesale prices from manufacturing units and are sold at throwaway prices. Although the prices may already seem reasonable, shopping here requires you to bargain and get it at even better prices.
While doing so, you are sure to come across various kinds of vendors and their selling techniques… Let me make you get acquainted with most of the kinds…
The loud speaker
You can spot this kind from long. From among the many who are trying to grab your attention towards their shop, this one does it by publicising at the top of his voice. Not only that, but he uses certain catch phrases that will make heads turn such as ‘Bhaav gir gaya idhar’… ‘loot ka maal hai le lo’… ‘raste ka maal saste mein’ etc.
The chatter box
He is the one you start with asking about the product he is selling and he will end up asking and talking about everything else but that.
Last piece hai sirf aapke liye
Na tera na mera…but ultimately mera!
With this kind, bargaining is not a piece of cake. He will argue and counter argue with you on the price and ultimately will come the most dreaded line… Na aapka na mera which means he wants us to agree to some middle price. But that certainly is not the case as the middle price he quotes still turns out to be in his favour.
The ‘I don’t care’ category
The celebrity reference giving guy
He is the one who is very well versed with all the ongoing trends of Bollywood and television industry. Right from Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone, for the youngsters to Gopi bahu and Aanandi for the serial freak aunties, he will associate all his products to the celebrities.
The sister/mother/brother guy
The unnecessary care taker
He is the most persuasive seller. I dare you to enter his shop and come out not buying anything! No matter you like it or not, this kind will talk to you in the most convincing manner and lure you into buying at least something from him.