Bale clothes..their source and the reason for its popularity in Egypt

Bala clothes is a term that has always existed in the Arabic dictionary, and it means used clothes that are resold to other people for reuse.

Balinese clothing markets have been known in many Arab cities, but the largest of them are found in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, specifically in a popular area called Ataba, where it is possible to buy used clothes in very good condition, for a small amount.

But recently and over the past few years, this term has witnessed a radical change, so that bale clothes have become a popular thing that most of those who want to buy clothes in Egypt are looking for, so how did this term change and what does it mean?

The meaning of the bale

The word bale comes from the English word bale, which means a large bundle or bundle, and in this case it means a large group of garments of various shapes and sizes.

The bales are classified as summer and winter, for adults and children, and the bales include several levels of quality. There are medium and high quality bales, which are called “cream”, which means that most of the bales are unused and still carry store paper, and that they are from large brands or From a country that applies high quality standards to what is sold in its stores, and of course, each category of bale has its own price in every country.

Most bales may be unused and still have store paper (pixels).

Where does the bale come from?

There are several sources of clothing that are in bale, They are clothes and unsold products in their stores, and most of them bear the name of international brands. In the past, these big brands preferred to destroy the unsold products, preferring to maintain the level of the expensive brand, instead of selling them at cheap prices compared to their original price, but environmental conservation organizations called for Stopping this work because it wastes materials that have already been paid for, without using them, and even harms the environment at the same time.

In order to preserve the feelings of the customers of those brands, who bought their products at their original prices, they do not prefer to resell them in the same country at discounted prices, but prefer to ship them to developing countries that need these goods at cheap prices.

As for stores fast fashion (Fast Fashion), whose brands have become known all over the world, they do not mind reducing the prices of their clothes to the minimum acceptable to them, and this is after the passing of their popular season, but even with big discounts, there are still tons of unsold clothes, and most stores agreed to distribute Her clothes are for charities that distribute clothes to the needy in the same country, or contribute to shipping them to third world countries.

Most of the sites selling products online in America and European countries, their customers enjoy the advantage of being able to return the products without bearing the cost of shipping, but what customers do not know is that many of these products do not actually return back to the site to be resold, but rather go to institutions specialized in the collection process. Products returned to the company, according to the site “CNN” The process of returning goods has doubled during the Corona pandemic.

Many companies refuse to resell the returned products because it costs them more material than they will profit from selling them, so they prefer to get rid of this product immediately. Some companies resort to transferring the returned products to charitable organizations directly, and others agree with institutions whose work is to collect the returned products For companies, products are sold in “huge bales” at a low price compared to the original price, and one of the most important of these institutions is a company 888 Lotus.

Bale includes several levels of quality, there are medium and high quality, which are called “creamy” (pixels).

Bala market in Egypt

“Bales are providing people with clothes from big brands at affordable prices,” says content creator Sandra, founder of Tales of Shopping (Tales of shopping), adding that “most of the bales in Egypt are native to European countries. They first pass through sorting laboratories in the United Arab Emirates, and the best source in Egypt so far is Australian, Belgian and English, and they take their path from wholesalers to retailers where they are sold to the consumer.” per kilo”.

And Sandra continues her talk to Al Jazeera Net, “The bale market in Egypt can expand much more, but it may be fought by the owners of large stores in Egypt, as the bale market expands, the market of supermarkets decreases, which of course shrank during the pandemic period.”

And she adds, “The business of bale stores flourished during the Corona pandemic, partly because the profits from selling from bale are large, and on the other hand, the prices of clothes are suitable for the consumer whose income has been severely affected by the pandemic. There is no diversity in sizes or colors, but this disadvantage is not mentioned in front of the many advantages of buying from bale.

In light of increasing expectations of noticeable rises in the prices of goods globally as a result of the difficulties facing the shipping sector and its impact on supply chains, in addition to the continued decline in incomes and the slow economic recovery from the effects of the pandemic, it seems that the bale market is a candidate for growth and the acquisition of a wider segment of customers who might not have thought to resort to it under normal circumstances.

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