Tuesday, August 19, 2008


When you want to sell your old books, the waste paper dealer will pay you by weight. When you want to buy a second hand book on the pavement you will have to pay 50% of the price of the book. In other words, if you want to sell a book which you bought for Rs.500 and the weight of the book is 500 grams the dealer will give you Rs3 @ Rs.6 per kilo. When you by this book second hand on the pavement you will have to pay 50% of the price i.e. Rs.250 These pavements sellers make fantastic profit. .

May be they have to bribe the police and the corporation officials whose duty is to keep the pavement free for the pedestrians to walk.


Leo said...

Still. . . . you can buy a desired book for half price. Not bad.

FCB said...

I go to buy at bargain places with a smile on my face; but when I go to sell with a frown. None the less, I love to browse through used book stores, which I will be doing this weekend on the Oregon coast.
Best wishes,

kochuthresiamma p .j said...

you are right. Still i'd miss these 2nd hand book vendors if the police drive them away. if u bargain, u get books for less than half the price.
in mumbai, in a drive to clean the city, these vendors were evicted from the streets. the city took out a mild protest demonstration-said these vendors were part of the culture of the city and hundreds patronise them. among the protestore were senior citizens who always associated the streets with these 2nd hand stalls, teachers and intellectuals who read profusely without spending a fortune on books.
needless to say, these stalls returned to he pavements