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Eid shopping spree begins in Sylhet

21The Eid-ul-Fitr shopping spree is peaking by mid-Ramadan, but the crowds fail to satisfy the shopkeepers.
On Sunday 17 Ramadan, customers flooded Hasan  Market, Modubon, Shukria, London Mansion, Blue Water Shopping City, Al Hamra Shopping City, Sylhet City Centre, Sylhet Plaza, Sylhet Milinium and other areas in Sylhet city. In Hasan Market and Hocker Market areas, people were buying clothes and footwear mostly from the hawkers on the footwalks.
Modubon Supermarket shopkeeper ‘Motin’ said people crowded the shopping malls, but mostly bought cheaper goods from hawkers. Event management firm official Obaidul bought Panjabi, slippers, and t-shirt from New Market.
“I am returning home though I wished to buy more. I’ll come another day because it is too crowded now,” he said.
The crowd was bigger in the fixed price shops. Businessman Abdul Karim bought things for his wife and daughter, but could not choose a Panjabi for his son. “My son wants a colourful Panjabi, so we are checking out many shops. I have to keep the price in mind as well,” he said. AL Hamra Shopping City, customers expressed anger over queues for trials and the delay in collecting bills.
No less than 50 people lined up to pay bills at six counters of a megashop MAHA there. One of them, ‘Tulsy’, said he was waiting for half an hour. “No peace after buying,” he alleged. Those who came to the shopping mall with cars had to face problems over parking.
University student Suhan said he was waiting on the queue for 30 minutes. “It will take another half an hour to park the car and start shopping,” he said. Most of the shops in this shopping mall were selling at fixed prices with bigger crowds. Some of the customers alleged that the shops in the mall were charging much for children dresses.
Sylhet City’s fabrics trader ‘Polash’ said sales rose from Shab-e-Barat to mid-Ramadan. “But the sales are not good this time,” he said.