Wayanad: When only a few days are left for the school opening, shops across the state are active with attractive bags, umbrellas, water bottles, pencil box and so on. A huge collection of school products are made available in most of the shops in every street. But leaving the parents in distress, there is a steep increase in the price of all products.
Price hike of bag, tiffin box, umbrella, note books, uniform will affect poor families. At the same time, in order to woo more customers, many companies are giving special offers in the school shopping market. Umbrellas are given as free with bags.
Branded school bags are priced at above Rs 500. Children’s favourite brand Scoo Bee Day bags are priced at Rs 595, Rs 710 and Rs 1025. Like previous years, cartoon characters like Cindrella, Spiderman and Ben 10 are featured in bags.
Colourful umbrellas in attractive designs are another attraction in the market. It has a price range above Rs 320.
Notebooks published by Triveni with 192 pages and 162 pages are priced at Rs 35 and at Rs 30 respectively. Meanwhile, notebooks of other companies of same pages are having a cost of Rs 45 and Rs 40.
Apart from plastic bottles, light weight steel water bottles are also available in the market. Manufactures of water bottles were keen to give attractive designs to the bottles. Bottles are seen in different shapes and decorated with beautiful graffiti of cartoon characters.
Pencil Boxes are the another major attraction in the school shopping market. Pencil boxes are available in various designs. Pencil boxes in the style of tiny wardrobe is the new trend now.
“Most of the parents and children prefer to purchase products according to the advertisements. They need branded products which are always seen in television advertisements,” said shopkeepers in Wayanad.
Apart from private shops, cooperative societies are also running school special markets across the state.
Most of the textiles are busy with uniform materials. But uniform sale is not active in the market as most of the schools themselves distribute uniforms to students.
It is reported that the shops which sell school products will witness rush hours as only two weeks are left for the school opening day.