NOORPUR Thal: With the arrival of winter, people particularly belonging to lower income strata have started rushing to the markets of used warm clothes or Landa Bazaar to purchase sweaters, jackets and other warm articles at cheaper rates.

Landa Bazaar is a shopping place for second-hand products, especially clothes, woollies and shoes. During a survey conducted by The Nation, buyers blamed shopkeepers for the price hike. Giving an account of prices of various stuffs, a buyer said that socks which were from Rs15 to Rs40 last years are now available from Rs100 to Rs300 and jackets Rs500 to Rs1,000.

“The prices of used clothes are spiralling every year, the price of new winter clothing was out of their reach,” a woman buyer, Naseem Fatima, said.–Staff Reporter

Saleem Khan, a salesman at a ready to wear clothes shop, said that the citizens of low income group were reluctant to purchase costly clothes.

“Our business is going very well these days as the demand for winter clothes has increased,” the salesman said. Shop owner Abdul Malik said that owing to low prices this time, people were feeling quite comfortable to buy clothes. “Our winter stuff sale is on increase and we expect that in the days ahead this will escalate further,” he added.