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July 20, 2007


Umm Skandar

You pick the shop that your cousin runs, or your neighbors brother-in-law, or the nephew of your office mate, or the shop where your parents shopped, or the shop that your grandfather always used because of tribal, neighborhood, family, or other sorts of connections. Or the shop that your taxi driver recommends.

There is always a social connection aspect. At least that is how it works in the parts of the developing world where I have lived. Never been to Addis.


most people do window shoping and ask for prices. then you bargain and tell the other, the first shop had it for cheaper price. They compete for the prices given and they assess their profit margin whether to sell or not for the what the customer is asking.

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