Traders in gifts and other wares have lamented low patronage in this years’ Valentines Day celebration.
Some of them who spoke with The corporate news at the weekend blamed low sales on the poor state of the economy, while others noted that advent of online stores was largely responsible.
In the past, the two markets were usually a behive of activities, especially on eve of Valentine’s day with large crowd of persons shopping for different kinds of goods to make their loved ones happy.
One Iyaloode, a dealer in clothes said: “ Aside the fact that this year’s Valentine falls on a Sunday, people have not been patronising us for valentine dresses, the sales have been very low compared to last year’s patronage. Many of our customers kept saying ‘we will wear what we have
Another trader who identified himself simply as Chukwudi, said the level of patronage in his shop has been like every other day with no improvement as a result of the celebration.
“With the Valentines day celebration, I thought I will make much sales than I have been making since January, but for me nothing much changed from what I have been seeing. The problem for me is either the Covid-19 crisis or the prices of goods. When you compare prices of goods we sold last year with the same goods we are selling now in 2021, you will discover that the prices have sky-rocketed, which have discouraged many”, he said.
Eniola Agbolaya complained that the current economic situation in the country has not been encouraging for low-income earners.
Her words: “We all are trying to take off stress from our daily routine. For me, I am spending the moments with my family and friends in the house
Meanwhile, Google on Sunday revealed that Nigerian ladies top the search rating on how to make this year Valentine’s Day memorable for their lovers.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated every February 14 around the world and is associated with love.