I was out last night for a walk in a mall, not intending to buy anything, but out of boredom and the need to spend unstructured time after a long week at work. I have never been to this specific mall before due to where it is situated, as well as its reputation for selling things in higher costs than what most people of the working class can afford.
Moving from one shop to another, I decided to go into a place which had a nice dress displayed in the front, the dress was pretty and simple, it was being sold for around 400 Jordanian Dinars (around 560 USD); which is not really cheap for such a dress, but pretty understandable considering the place I was in. I moved in further inside the shop to see other items. I had to walk between two rows of very well organised stands of clothes with 3-4 LCD screens hung from the top over each stand, displaying a fashion show –so that a customer can watch and walk at the same time without missing one clothing item in the show-. Having finished walking through the clothes and the LCD screens, I arrived at the bags section, and what did I see at the bag’s section!?! Lots of handbags… However, only one handbag caught my attention, well actually, not the bag itself, but its price tag which said: 1400 JD (which makes around 2000 USD). This is the kind of price tag that would make me go: WOAH.
The sad thing about this handbag goes like this: it is the kind of bag that I would not carry around even if it was given to me for free as a gift (the word ugly actually comes to mind when I think of it). Now would the bag be in display if it did not have its group of possible purchasers? I do not think so. So in Jordan (a no-oil country by the way, and a considerably poor one), someone is willing to pay around 2000 USD to buy a handbag…
Something is seriously wrong here…
P.S: I could not stop thinking how the owner of this shop was contributing to global warming, considering the fact that they had 6-8 LCDs working at that shop at the same time, for absolutely no valid reason in my opinion. But then again global warming is a distant effect in comparison to what these handbags do to lay people on the spot.
Another P.S.: Jordan’s minimum wage is set at: 150 Jordanian Dinars (around 210 USD).
And one last P.S: The bag’s picture used in this article or its brand is not the one mentioned in the story told above, but was inserted here to give a photographic-visual-input to the article.