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Thursday September 25, 2008
Story and photos by ZAZALI MUSA
JOHOR BARU: Garages, car boots, yards and flea markets are common places where people convert used goods into cash.
These places also provide opportunities for people to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills and are good venues for bargain hunters.
While flea markets and garage sales are common in Australia, Europe and the United States, but this is not the case in Malaysia.
Many Malaysians have qualms over buying used goods, but there are others who do not mind doing this.
Because of this, C-Converters Enterprise (M) Sdn Bhd will soon open a retail outlet known as Cash Converters in Johor Baru.
“The public can sell unwanted goods for cash and these goods will be put on sale at the outlet,’’ said director Tan Hock Seng in an interview recently.
The 278.70 sq metre outlet is located on the first floor of the Giant Plentong hypermarket with separate entrances for selling and buying the goods.
C-Converters is the franchise holder of Australian€“based Cash Converters (founded in at Perth in 1984) for retail outlets in Johor.
Cash Converters is the world’s largest chain of second-hand goods centres with over 540 outlets in 23 countries.
Cash Converters outlets in the Klang Valley are located at Ampang Point, Bukit Tinggi Klang, Sunway Mutiara and Taman SEA Petaling Jaya.
“We are buying goods from the public as stock before we open early next month,’’ he said.
Goods accepted include electrical appliances, household items, jewellery, sporting goods, decorative items, musical instruments, watches, glassware, dinnerware, paintings, magazines (not books, clothes and bulky furniture.
Tan said those who want to sell items must bring them to the outlet to get a quote.
Apart from buying used goods in Johor Baru, the outlet imports stocks from five outlets in Singapore.
For details, call 07-352 8180, fax 07-352 8182 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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