July 28, 2009

Batting on NH1

Filed under: Cricket,J&K,Small Businesses — loggers @ 7:43 pm

On NH1A (National Highway 1A), on our way from Srinagar to Pahalgam, we passed several Kashmiri Willow cricket bat stores. We stopped at one just before the “green tunnel,” a road completely enclosed by trees on both sides- so much so that the sky is invisible. At the shop, we learned that what costs INR2,500 in a sports shop in Mumbai is available here for INR250 pre-negotiation. The bats are categorized into “tennis-ball cricket” bats and “leather-ball cricket” bats. You can find every possible brand logo from Kookaburra to Reebok and sponsors stickers such as MRF.

In the absence of a leather ball, the shopowner tested the bat strength by clanging two bats together, clearing our minds of any doubt whatsoever:

Interestingly, we also stopped at a saffron vendor who quoted INR300 per gram despite being located at the farm itself. Unlike the cricket bat store, there was no arbitrage opportunity here! One explanation is that we were probably charged a tourist premium. Another is that cricket bats are harder to transport for a tourist, than a few grams of saffron. The price to incentivize tourists to buy cricket bats must thus be lowered significantly in order to convince tourists to carry the bats home.


1 Comment »

  1. So cheap, what an interesting post.

    Comment by Cricket Bats — November 20, 2009 @ 7:00 pm | Reply

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