Windhoek — Shops selling stationery are smiling all the way to the bank, because a large number of parents are already buying exercise and other books and general stationery for their school-going children in preparation for the 2013 academic year.
Although Namibians have a tendency to buy things at the last minute, the manager of Waltons Stationery, Elanie Van Wyk, explained that Waltons sells all types of stationery and for those early birds who buy stationery in December there is always plenty of stock.
She said that in January most shops usually run out of stock fast as people flock to make last-minute purchases.
"People in January always return from holidays without money and for those who have some money to buy stationery they always find shops running out of stock. It is better if parents buy the items now to avoid disappointment in January," said the shop manager.
The manager told New Era that from past experience the shop normally sells more items in January, but says items such as pens, rubbers, books, pencils, rulers, files and pen cases are already flying off the shelves due to the current demand.
Meanwhile, Ebrahim from Boundary Wholesale says that 99 percent of parents purchase school uniforms in January and it is the time that they normally run out of stock because of the high demand.
He said prices for uniforms stay the same both in January and December, while stocks usually run out in January, which forces parents to buy sizes that do not fit their children or they end up disappointed because stocks have run out.