Shopping against the weather, a clever approach to making purchasing decisions involves capitalizing on specific weather conditions to secure better deals or lower prices on various products.
Learning to go against the weather, eg when it’s cold you buy light cloths or when it’s hot you buy winter attire, is a trick many should start using to their advantage.
This tactic is also equally applicable in Kenya, Africa and not just abroad where weather patterns are extremely different. Its effectiveness depends on several factors and the context in which you shop.
Here are some essential points to consider:
Seasonal Sales: Much like other parts of the world, African retailers often offer seasonal sales and discounts on specific items. Shopping during off-peak seasons or rainy periods when fewer people venture out to shop can lead to discovering attractive deals.
Demand and Supply: Weather conditions can influence the demand for certain products. For instance, during the rainy season, there might be an upswing in the demand for umbrellas and raincoats, resulting in higher prices. Conversely, during the dry season, discounts may be available for such items due to reduced demand.
Agricultural Produce: If you’re in the market for fresh produce, shopping against the weather could significantly impact prices. Certain fruits or vegetables might be cheaper and more plentiful during the harvest season.
Climate Impact on Lifestyle: Weather conditions in Africa can significantly affect daily life and activities. During scorching hot periods, the demand for air conditioners and fans might skyrocket, leading to higher prices. Conversely, cooler periods might see discounts on cooling-related items.
Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Opting for weather-appropriate clothing during the off-season can prove cost-effective. Purchasing warm clothing during the hot season or buying summer clothes during the cooler months could help you find better deals.
Tourist Seasons: In certain parts of Africa, tourism can significantly influence local prices. Shopping during the low tourist season when visitor numbers dwindle may lead to lower prices on various goods and services.