Dime Peddlers In Tamansari Gained ProfitBERITAJAKARTA.COM — 12/08/2012 15:06:33
The increasing needs for dimes to be handed out to relatives during Eid Ul Fitr, brought considerable amount of profit to its peddlers. The profiting dime sellers could be seen on Jl Pintu Besar Timur, Tamansari, West Jakarta who starting from a few days past have gained profit from customers who needed their wares.
Indeed, as was several years back, a week prior to Eid Ul Fitr, dime peddlers run rampant in the Kota Tua. Most of the dimes sold are in the nominal of Rp 1,000, Rp 2,000, Rp 5,000, Rp 10 thousand and Rp 20 thousand.
Berliana (45), one of the peddlers in the area told, she has made a living by selling dimes for the last 15 years. "I sell dimes every day. Yet, during usual days my costumers are only public transportation drivers," said Berliana, Sunday (8/12).
Prior Eid Ul Fitr, she and her friends are trying to sell their wares to anyone who needs them. Many bartered their money worth from 500 thousand to 5 million into dimes. "We only cut about 5-10 percent for our profit. "It depends on the amount of transaction. If the customers bartered their money worth for 500 thousand and above, we cut for 10 percent. If the money bartered worth less than 500 thousand, we will cut for 5 percent only," explained Berliana.
Tarida (50) also sang similar tunes. Usually starting from D-10 many people begin bartering their money for dimes. "Most of them bartered it into 5,000s," she added.
Tarida usually prepares dimes in the amount of 25 million. If business is good, she could gain profit for 500 thousand a day from the business she worked on for 10 years. "The profit is not bad, business began to boom since D-10," stated Tarida.
She admitted to have been getting her supply of dimes from one of the banks in Indonesia. Unfortunately, she refused to mention the specific name of the bank she got the dimes from. "I got my dimes from a bank, that is obvious. I do not know which one though, because all I have to do is take the supply from our coordinators,” Tarida furthered.
Wawan (35), a Kalideres resident who bartered his money worth for Rp 1 million into Rp 5,000, Rp 10,000 and Rp 20 thousand uttered that he does not mind of the cut asked by the peddlers. At least this way he will not have to form a line like he was supposed to do when he tried to barter his money at a bank. "I bartered my Rp1 million into dimes worth for Rp 900 thousand. I will hand out the dimes to my relatives in Kebumen," he finished.