PIMPRI: Anti-China sentiments among the public has resulted in a lesser demand for ‘Made in China’ decoratives for Ganpati festival in the Pimpri market. Traders in Pimpri market have subsequently purchased limited stock of the electrical decoratives that are made in China keeping in view the low demand.
During every Ganpati season, there is high demand for Chinese items because of variety and low cost. But this year, the scenario has slightly changed. Consumers are deliberately asking for Indian products instead of Chinese goods.
Ricky Kukreja of Jay Ganesh Electricals said, “There was a huge demand for ‘Made in China’ electrical items like fairy lights and decorative items for Ganesh pandals. But this time, consumers are asking for the ‘Made in India’ substitutes. Sensing people’s sentiments, we have reduced stock of the Chinese goods this year considerably. We are trying to procure Made in India substitutes for each item as people are asking for the same, though options are limited.”
According to Kukreja, “Some big Ganpati mandals regularly purchase electrical decoration lighting system from our shop. But this year, they are purposely demanding made in India items. Since they are bulk purchasers, we are trying to provide them with these items. Ganpati mandals represents the public sentiments so retailers also are not placing bigger orders for China-made items.”
Manoj Wanwari of Balaji Traders said, “The anti-China sentiments might be due to use of social media where messages are being circulated for last few months. More people are asking for ‘Made in India’ articles. Sometimes they are ready to compromise with the cost of the decoration items. Due to this sentiment of consumers, we have become little cautious about stocking Chinese products in large quantity.”
LARGE STOCK, LARGE LOSSES
Wanwari said those with a large stock of China-made goods might face losses. “Wholesalers are asking us to stock more Chinese items as all the retailers have become cautious and not picking up large stocks. As a result, Chinese items have piled up in godowns of wholesalers.”