Friday, May 13, 2011

Used-clothing seller blames importers for low earnings

A retailer of second-hand clothing at the Serrekunda Market, Muhammed Tunkara of late has been recording low sale and profits, but he believes the importers are to blame for his financial shortfall.
However, an importer has since denied any wrong doing.
Speaking to this reporter on Monday, Mr. Tunkara, a native of Baddibou Marong Kunda alleges that importers of used-clothing do condition them to buying unwanted goods.
“I have been in this business for 30 years now, but I can tell you that the importers have damaged the business as at now,” he said.
According to him, through the business, he was able to marry a wife, bought a compound and maintain his family’s livelihood. However, he argued that in recently, importers have been conditioning them to buy unwanted goods and giving them “unstable prices” and they (the retailers) find it very difficult to make high gains.
He revealed that the importers do keep the better quality clothes for traders from neighbouring countries; Senegal, Mali, and Guinea Bissau because these people pay high prices and in foreign currencies.
“And when we, the retailers complain, the importers also complain of the high exchange rates of foreign currencies like the Euro and the CFA. We are left with no other option but to take the low quality products to sell, knowing fully that our families are entirely depending on us,” Mr. Tunkara said.
Following more than two months of an unofficial border blockade imposed by the Senegalese Transport Union, Mr. Tunkara disclosed that the importers were compelled to put out quality products to the local market, since their clients from the neighbouring countries were affected.
He also lamented that buyers are in most cases reluctant to pay for the right prices of their products.
Mr. Davy Wymeersch, a Belgian specializing in the importation of used-clothing said he has been in this business over the past six years and have been importing second-hand clothing to Guinea Bissau, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Senegal and The Gambia respectively.
However, he denied the allegations that they (importers) are in fact helping to impoverish local retailers. “Even in Europe, the clothes are mixed (good or bad quality) in bales and sold to us.
He said: “I did not see any reason why retailers should complain, we only sell the bales to them as it was imported. We cannot select the best and sell to them and be left the others there.”
He explained that if he sells to retailers as they desire, and Europe is not looking at their (importers) interest, at the end of the day, they would not be able to import anymore because they will make no profits.
Mr. Davy also denied being selective in his business dealings or selling the best clothing to neighbour traders across the borders of The Gambia.Source - The Voice


  1. Dear Sir/Madam!

    We are a used clothes trading and proccessing company.

    We are able to provide 4-12 containers of grade A tropical mix clothing. We want you to be happy with our products, so you become a regular customer.

    We have a payment policy of 30% advance and 70% B/L and will only start business on this term.We are happy to invite you to our warehouse, to supervise your shippment.

    Please, if you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact us.
    Our colleagues always ready to for you.

    If you have Skype account, please let us know.

    Mr. Gyula Balogh
    Skype: hayashimushroom
    Team of Vortex Trade Company

  2. we do used clothes ,used shoes business for many years in China ,we have enough do it very well.we ship goods to worldwide,and our main market is Africa market,we will try our best to do best quality,best service for you.And we will try our best to be your best supplier here .wish to cooperate with you in the near further.
    If you interest ,please contact me ,I also welcome the serious business man to visit our warehouse to check everything.thanks
    Email :

    New Beginning Limited

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this blog. I am very interesting in your post because I'm a second hand seller. So I have a plan to visit your soon. I hope you can update your blog for more details. Keep on sharing!

    Get more information and tips here :

  4. saw that you are in the market for high quality, high volume credential clothing. We are currently seeking long-term relationships with good long-term partners.

    We receive a lot of questions regarding our collections methods, geographic region and quality. We will also address shipping and billing preferences. This letter is to help clarify those very important questions.

    We collect from 3 primary sources in 3 primary states:
    1. Geography – Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland – Northeast USA

    2. Target material - All Clothing, Belts, Boots, Bras, Coats, Draperies, Dresses, Hats, Jackets, Jeans, Jerseys, Napkins (cloth), Pajamas, Pants, Leather, Suede, Wool, Cotton, Cashmere, Purses, Soft Toys, Scarves, Shirts, Shoes, Shorts, Skirts , Slippers, Socks, Stuffed animals, Suits, Sweaters, Sweatpants, Sweatshirts, Table linens, Towels & T-shirts Bedding: Comforter, Sheets, Blankets. Accessories – belts, purses, hats, jewelry, backpacks.

    1. Source
    a. Bin Locations – We maintain over 1000 public access bin locations in our 3 state geography. These locations are strategically positioned in the most affluent and best quality neighborhoods in our operating area. This results in a high volume of high quality second hand goods. We see a good percentage of brand new items that comingle with our second hand goods. All of our existing partners love our product and are able to make significant profits by working with us.

    b. Fundraisers - - This style event is target at a highly engaged audience supporting great causes. We see some of the highest quality material through these programs. We target the full spectrum of second hand clothing and textile for all of our programs.

    c. Community collection hubs/door to door/hand to hand – We establish and work with university, local governments, non-profits to collect high quality material on an ongoing and consistent basis. These programs generate a high volume of quality material.

    2. Shipping options – We can ship full 53’ foot trailers of loose bagged raw credential weighing up to 40,000 lbs US or 40' Sea Container Baled in 800 - 1000 lb US bales.

    Nate Serino

    888-400-5686 ext. 3


The views expressed in this section are the authors' own. It does not represent The North Bank Evening Standard (TNBES)'s editorial policy. Also, TNBES is not responsible for content on external links.