Locals still wait for January for harried back-to-school purchases
Despite that retail outlets have muted displays of school uniforms on sale, a snap survey in Mbabane indicated that members of the public have not yet started purchasing uniforms.
A visit by this publication to some retailers in Mbabane on Friday established that most Swazis were buying stylish clothes as opposed to school related items.
This is despite that some retailers were noted to be selling their stock at the same prices as they did in January with some displaying lowered prices for Friday.
Though some retail outlets displayed school uniforms targeting customers who would take advantage of the one day sale on Friday, only a few outlets reported to have sold uniforms or school related items on the day.
At Jet Clothing outlet at the Swazi Plaza, for instance, a shop assistant said their customers were more interested on pampers and denim clothes while a few had purchased school shoes from their specials.
A Fashion World shop attendant also reported that their customers were purchasing only the fashionable clothes and none had purchased school related items. Similar sentiments were shared by Power Factory Shop and PEP stores.
“We did not have Black Friday sale rather we had our month end specials. We, however, hope they will be buying more of the school uniforms in the first two weeks of December. But today children’s clothes are purchased more as there will be pre-school graduations,” said a shop assistant at PEP stores.
A section where PEP store. school uniforms were displayed at