How does continued good weather affect both carpet sales and cleaning companies? Too much, answer businessmen of Patras in both sectors.
“We have arrived in mid-November and people have not yet started asking us to return their carpets, which we had kept for safekeeping” the carpet cleaning owner Athanasios Davlouros emphasizes to thebest.gr and explains: “The large amount of work has not started, because of the summer. In relation to last year’s data, the season has gone back almost a month, whether it concerns the washing of the carpets or their deliveries. As long as the weather is good there is no demandthere is only a very small percentage that moves, they are those who have very young children or some elderly people who, due to their age, catch cold more easily, but also a small portion of people who, for psychological reasons, that the winter season has entered and their house seems bare , however it is a very small percentage. This season should be full of traditions. Percentagewise on average, in the carpet cleaners of Patras, the milestone date was just before Saint Demetrius».
As far as the capital of carpet sales in Patras is concerned, the picture is equally disappointing. Speaking to thebest.gr, merchant Christos Asimakopoulos, says: “We have gone too far behind compared to previous years, almost 80% drop in sales. The carpet wants to enter winter and its work is limited. The carpet buying movement started around October 20th and we shopped from November 5th to December 15th. The natives are interested in the good carpet, however the younger people are interested in cheap Turkish carpets which are sold by multinational companies and some other stores. As far as the carpet is concerned, the level of the consumer has fallen and he is asking for cheap, lower quality carpet. The turnover in good carpets and especially in handmade ones has dropped a lot. Also another reason is accuracy and that’s why we see that the stores selling good carpets have decreased a lot and that’s why some have put other items in».