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Footpath Shopping is not a Taboo anymore: Find out why!

Due to popularity, the average earning of a vendor, at a busy market place is not less than Rs1,500 to Rs4,000 per day

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  • People, irrespective of their economic conditions, shop on footpaths as the items are affordable 
  • Women go for footpath shopping as they can bargain, which is not possible in branded outlets
  • Nowadays, in a busy market, the average earning of a vendor is not less than Rs1,500 to Rs4,000 per day

Patna: There are several myths regarding footpath shopping in India and one of many reasons is that some feel, people belonging to lower strata or economically weaker sections of the society go for it. But with change in mindset, it has now become one of the sought after destinations not only for collegians but also for people from well-to-do families.

People are opting for footpath shopping over malls as they find similar products that match the style or look of the branded items. Not just that, they are affordable too, which makes it popular especially with shopaholics. There is more to this one. What the women love is the feel good thing about bargaining which is a complete no-no in malls.

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Women and college goers, especially girls, seem to be the newest crowd at the footpath shops on Boring Road near the Patna market, Maurya Lok complex. They, just as in the past, are able to find affordable items that they want/need without having to pay a hefty price.

Footpath Shops. Wikimedia Images.
Footpath Shops. Wikimedia Images.

One regular shopper, Maira, said, “You find really attractive material while roaming along the streets. Bargaining is the biggest plus point of street merchandise and sometimes it is adventurous also as there is every possibility of paying more even after a hard bargain.”

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“Sources in the trade revealed that there was a time when a vendor ended his day with just Rs 200 or Rs300 profit. These days, the average earning of a vendor, at a busy market place, is not less than Rs1,500 to Rs4,000 per day,” said a TOI report.

A footwear vendor, Mohammad Parvez, stated “People, irrespective of their economic conditions, shop on footpaths. Most of the buyers are college girls because they can’t afford costly footwear sold in malls and branded shops.” He now makes somewhere between Rs3,000 and Rs4,000 per day.

An street vendor, Chintu who sells artificial jewellery at Patna Market, also claimed that women from all economic strata come to his shop. “My products are affordable and attract women as they can change their jewellery frequently, which is not possible if they buy gold or platinum jewellery,” said Chintu to TOI, whose daily sale is between Rs1500 and Rs2000.

-This article is compiled by a Staff-writer at NewsGram.

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    Footpath shopping is gaining priority these days. It gives freedom to the buyers of roaming around.

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  • Aparna Gupta

    Footpath shopping is gaining priority these days. It gives freedom to the buyers of roaming around.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Footpath shopping is not as bad as it looks. In Mumbai, you have Bandra, Colaba street markets which are very famous amongst people and they love to shop on such road markets

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iPad Neck Pain More Common Among Women Than Men

Postures that led to pain included those that cause the tablet user to "slump" over and gaze downward

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Women are two times more likely than men to experience pain in their neck during iPad use due mainly to bad postures, warns a new study.

iPad Neck — a condition of persistent pain in the neck and upper shoulders caused by slouching or bending into extreme positions while using tablet computers — is also more prevalent among young people than older adults, said the study.

The findings, published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, suggest that posture, not screen time, is the biggest factor behind neck and shoulder pain due to iPad use.

“Theoretically, the more hours you spend bent over an iPad, the more neck and shoulder pain you experience — but what we found is that time is not the most important risk factor. Rather, it’s gender and specific postures,” said lead study author Szu-Ping Lee from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Postures that led to pain included those that cause the tablet user to “slump” over and gaze downward.

The pain disparity among men and women might be explained by size and movement differences.

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Women’s tendency to have lower muscle strength and smaller stature (for example, shorter arms and narrow shoulders) might lead them to assume extreme neck and shoulder postures while typing, according to the researchers.

In the study, the team conducted a survey of over 400 people, including public university students, staff, faculty, and alumni who were touchscreen tablet computer users.

The results showed that 70 per cent of female respondents reported experiencing symptoms of iPad neck as compared to just under 30 per cent of men.

Women were also more likely (77 per cent) to use their tablets while sitting on the floor than men (23 per cent).

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Further, sitting without back support increased the odds of pain by two times. Sitting with the device on the lap or sitting on a chair with the tablet placed on a flat desk surface also contributed to the pain.

The researchers found that university students, staff and alumni they studied reported a higher prevalence of neck and shoulder pain than the general population.

Sitting on chairs with back support and exercising to strengthen muscles are some steps that users could take to avoid pain due to iPad use, according to the researchers. (IANS)