GEORGE TOWN: South Korean superstar Psy was on stage for some 15 minutes and sang for about eight minutes.
But this did not stop vendors from enjoying brisk business by cashing in on his popularity at the state Barisan Nasional Chinese New Year Open House here.
The more than 10 stalls set up in the vicinity at the entrance of Han Chiang High School were selling mostly Gangnam Style merchandise such as T-shirts, tags, badges and balloons with colourful graphic images of Psy printed on them.
The vendors were from Penang and other states.
Among them was V. Selvi, whose stall was a crowd-puller as she was selling battery-operated dancing dolls that cost RM60 each.
The tuxedo-donned male dolls would “dance” to the Gangnam Style song which will play after the doll is wound up.
“These dolls were imported from China but I got them from a warehouse,” she said.
She also claimed to be the first to set up stall there at 3am yesterday after travelling from Kuala Lumpur where she worked as a full-time administrative executive.
“My first customer was at 6.30am,” she said, adding that she had set up merchandise stalls at concerts and events in several states.
She said she decided to sell merchandise at the event after getting to know that Psy would be performing in Penang.
When the event was nearing the end in the early afternoon, the visitors thronged the food and drinks stalls for iced drinks to quench their thirst due to the hot weather.