Langa market still hot
Both rich and poor favor second-hand
Despite the fact that the living standards of the people of the Kurdistan Region have improved a lot since the 1990s, and that the region’s economy has witnessed significant growth, Erbil’s second-hand (langa) market is still a favorite shopping destination for many people.
People on low incomes choose the market for its prices, while wealthy people go there for the high-quality goods that are available on occasions in the market.
Langa’s shop owners argue that more rich people visit the market than poor people.
In recent years, the markets of the Kurdistan Region have been flooded with cheap Chinese products, but local people continue to prefer Langa goods for their superior quality.
Shanaz Faqe, a Technical Institute student in Erbil, is examining a second-hand dress at a shop in the market.
Faqe says the clothes she finds there cannot be found anywhere else, and even if they were available, they would not be affordable.
Sahyda Rushdi, a 40year-old woman who visits Langa Market frequently, told the Kurdish Globe that she sometimes goes to look for a specific brand she can only find in Langa.
“Langa clothes are both unique and higher quality,” Rushdi claims.
In addition to clothes, numerous other items are sold at Langa, including home appliances.
Najdat Ali, 45, a shop owner who sells home and electrical appliances, says that all the various types of appliance he sells have been tested and shown to work properly.
New stuff at the Langa Market
Although Langa Market started out as a place for used goods, some shops in the market sell new products at a lower than average price.
Abdulsami Aziz, who owns a shop selling new clothes, says “I sell new products imported from China and Taiwan at 60% below their market price.”
Indeed, when it comes to some kinds of consumer goods, Langa Market can compete with the Region’s modern markets and shopping centers.
Bakir Farhad, another shop owner, told the Globe they have customers year round, and that demand for his clothes is so high he has to buy in bulk on a weekly basis.
Langa Market tradesmen claim that all second -hand clothes are disinfected with a special chemical before they are imported to prevent diseases. However, they still recommend buyers not to wear any Langa clothes before washing them.
History of Langa Market
In early 1990s, when Iraq was subject to economic sanctions, the country’s economy deteriorated significantly and incomes decreased proportionately. It was at this time that businessmen started importing affordable second-hand clothes from Europe. This led to the formation of Langa markets in every city and town in the Kurdistan Region.
A view of the Erbil Langa Bazzar.