Sadly many Kenya sellers make no sales in the low season, and they have a hopelessness about them. So they make a small sale and go and spend it on ‘drink… and drink (or smoke) and are all buddies drinking together’.
Today I am doing an article on Kenyan artifacts and I needed some photos so I went to talk with them. I took the photos and there were a couple of items I was genuinely interested in, so I was writing down the price.
As I went to leave one guy said: “give me back my pen” (which of course was MY nice pen).
They all chimed in it was his but it has the special touchscreen end on, and it IS mine.
So they get pushy.
Such sad small thinking.
There is no way now I will go back and buy from any of them in that group.
They lost potentially a good customer based on small thinking that they could score a free pen.
It is sad that their desperate need makes them try to cheat others.
Had he asked me, you know, I probably would have given him the pen or returned with one for him.
This is daily life in Kenya.
(Now you have to wait for the blog!)