Monday, 4 October 2010
The Travelling Salesman (or Mr A's current adventure)
Mr A set off on Saturday to tour the local villages with his wares. On Sunday he went a little further to Mumcular (on the way to Bodrum) where he knew there would be many people attending a market.
It was my idea to start locally, although Mr A had doubts about how well the products would sell in this area. He sold a few items, at a good profit, but not enough to get excited about, but there are other areas where he knows it will sell better, which means travelling further.
So today he set off on a trip which will probably take about 4 days. He has taken a blanket and pillow with him and will sleep in the car to save money. I packed up as much food for him that wouldn't go off, and some extra clothes. I'm afraid personal hygiene won't be at the top of his list of priorities over the next few days...but it won't be noticed in the villages, where people don't worry too much about such things!
He headed towards Muğla and then on for about 40km, stopping at villages along the way. It's been a slow start, but it's still early days yet. I think it will take a while yet before we actually start making money on this venture. Apart from the cost of petrol, in each village he has to pay the Muhtar for an announcement to be made on the public address system announcing his arrival. And he also has to buy tea in the teahouses...because it's a good place to start. He told me this evening that he thinks he must have drunk around 20 glasses of tea today and he's getting a bit sick of it...but needs must!
I have been trying to print off leaflets detailing the benefits of mesir macunu with a printer that has no instructions with it, and a shortage of paper. I just can't get the hang of it so tomorrow I will download instructions from the internet and pop into Milas to buy some more paper.
I'm keeping my fingers and everything else crossed that the car keeps going and that Mr A manages to clear the current stock in as short a time as possible. We really need this to work!