A Sidewalk Christmas Tree Vendor on Price and Cost Increases

A Sidewalk Christmas Tree Vendor on Price and Cost Increases A Sidewalk Christmas Tree Vendor on Price and Cost Increases: “it’s been all round. This is really the first Christmas for me.”

We spoke to a 34-year-old porch vendor from Las Vegas, who prefers to remain anonymous. He has been a vendor for 14 years. He says that because of Hurricane Ike, a hurricane that devastated the city of Houston in 2008, trees were cheaper this year.

Many vendors stock their wares with groceries they have purchased in other cities and have shipped to Houston. He says that prices are identical when shipped, unlike in past years when the goods were brought to the city of Houston, which is miles from where the vendors live.

Customers in general have been reluctant to pay. He said: “Everywhere was under water last year. Now, some customers have forgotten.”

As for live trees, prices have gone up to £4 from about £2 in the past 10 years. Last year, he says, the trees were going for as little as £1.09. He says that some customers were buying as many as six trees.

Our correspondent says that the vendors have been put out of business for fear of arrest if caught vandalising or burning the trees.

However, he says that faced with such threats, vendors are usually unwilling to gamble by taking their beloved trees to a farmer’s field and then be caught.

Leave a Comment