FOR RM1, one could now get a pair of loafers or ballet flats.
With festive shopping over and coupled with several rounds of movement control order (MCO), many shoe and clothing store operators in Penang are now forced to sell their products at dirt-cheap prices.
At a shoe store in Chowrasta Market, bargains and cheap offers are aplenty, with prices ranging from RM1 to RM8 for either a pair of loafers, ballet flats or other choices.
Its owner Lim Theng Theng, 41, said she was forced to sell them off at low prices as shoes were not made to outlast the seasons.
“Due to several rounds of MCO closure, many of our new stocks have become old stocks. We have no choice but to let them go at cheap prices.
“The stocks that we order are made in huge quantities and the cheap varieties we have are not made to outlast the season, ” she said when met at her store on Tuesday.
Lim said she would not order new stocks anytime soon due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have existing stocks to sell and for sure, we will not order more than what we can sell, ” she said.
At a nearby clothing store, assistant Linda Soon, 52, said they were clearing some of their stocks for as low as RM5.
“These include shorts, dresses, shirts and tank tops.
“As our shop was closed for some time during the MCO, we need to run offers to ensure we sell.
“Presently, we are selling through our store and our booth.
“At our booth in the mall atrium, we are offering items at cheap prices while the more expensive items are displayed at our store there.
“We hope this would help us appeal to customers and sell more, ” she said.
Another clothing store assistant, Natalia Khoo, 30, said while they had just reopened
the store, promotions and offers are already on display to attract customers.
“We have been lucky enough to earn a little right before the Lunar New Year as we were open for two days.
“There were sales of our ox-themed T-shirts.
“Now that the festive period is ending soon, we need to sell the stocks as we cannot keep festive items for long.
“Every year, the festive-themed T-shirts are different so we
cannot keep them for too long, ” she said.
Khoo said she started a range of offers, like bundle prices for a selected number of shirts and
discounts for selected items to attract customers to her store.
“We hope this will help us sell more while the festive period lasts, ” she said.