Quirk of the Month: Pinwheel

If you’re interested in selling souvenirs and kitschy items, carnivals and fairs are the best places to sell them for jacked up prices. Kids and grownups alike are in a cheerful, gullible mood, so it’s the perfect time to introduce business fads for consumer obsession.

At the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in February, booths were selling kites, balloons, pinwheels, and all sorts of colorful trinkets that would catch your eye. There I was, making fun of souvenirs that I deemed useless and ridiculous when it suddenly dawned on me: I think I want a flower pinwheel! It’s so cute and I’d love to put it in our garden. I fell for it—hook, line, and sinker.

But I was smarter than your average fish. I had my eye on the large-sized flower pinwheel, so I asked around to compare prices. They went from P400-P500, which I knew was overpriced. I decided not to buy it at the balloon fiesta.

When the event was over, we were driving by a road a few minutes away from the venue when I spotted a street vendor selling—you guessed it—flower pinwheels of all sizes. The man was selling the size I wanted for P120, and I bargained a bit. I got it for P100.

The moral of the story: It’s always cheaper outside the event.

June 12, 2011

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