Pune: On the day of Ganesh idol immersion when Laxmi Road becomes the hub of people enjoying to the beats of the dhol tasha, small vendors present there mixed with them hoping for good business.
However, small-time vendors selling eatables, Ganpati special ribbons and traditional caps were able to end the day with only marginal increase in profit, dampening their expectations considering the large number of prospective customers present.
Sheetal, a cucumber-seller said, “Every year we expect to earn at least Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 on the Visarjan day but our profit doesn’t go above Rs 500.”
Another cucumber-seller, who usually does the same business on Sinhagad Road, said her profit on usual days is around Rs 100 while on immersion day, she makes a profit of Rs 400 to Rs 500, which is why she comes all the way to the city.
A vendor selling ribbons and traditional caps said his net profit for a day is Rs 200 to Rs 300. He said, “Only on such occasions we expect to earn more than usual but sometimes this too disappoints us.”
A vendor selling peanuts on Tuesday said if he sells at a higher price people don’t buy and selling at lower price lowers his profit. “Only vendors selling bottled water and other hunger satisfying food items make the profit,”
However, the vendors who make a handsome profit on this day are the ones selling selfie sticks. According to a selfie stick vendor, they buy their stock at Rs 60 per piece and sell at Rs 200 to Rs 250 on immersion day.
Those wanting to click pictures with their friends’ group or of the procession from different angles, generally purchase selfie sticks on the spot.