Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market

Collection with 25 media items created by Jacob Russell

01 Feb 2014 05:00

Sulaimaniyah, alongside other cities in Iraq, has a large second hand market inside the Bazaar. Clothes, furniture and electronics can all be found in separate areas of the market. The clothes are usually donated in Europe, North America and Korea, and sold on through a series of intermediary companies until they reach markets in the developing world. Donors are often unaware that their donations are being traded for profit rather than going to charity.

Traders in Sulaimaniyah second-hand market buy clothes by the kilo for prices ranging from $1.50 per kilo for unsorted bales to $5 per kilo for a bale of sorted items. Prices in the bazaar vary according to quality and the trader but typically a t-shirt will cost around $3 and a jacket $10-$20.

Iraq Kurdistan Market Sulaimaniya

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 1
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
22 Jan 2014

A woman tries on clothes in shop selling second hand clothing outside of the main bazaar in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 10
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
02 Feb 2014

A woman walks through an uncovered section of the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Less widely known are the huge profits that are generated between donation and sale in a market like Sulaimaniyah’s. Dr. Andrew Brooks of King’s College, London, has noted the “hidden professionalism” of the used clothing trade. Exact and up-to-date figures as to the value of the trade are hard to come by because of a lack of regulation and accountability but the global trade in used clothing is estimated to be in excess of $1 billion.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 11
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
01 Feb 2014

Mens jeans on display in a shop at the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 12
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
31 Jan 2014

Market trader Sarwar (declined to give second name) pictured in his shoe shop in the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
01 Feb 2014

A market trader is seen from inside a shop at the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 14
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
31 Jan 2014

Two women walk through an uncovered section of the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. In an interview Dr. Brooks said “Entirely for profit collections are commonplace. These include collections organised by clothing shops like H&M as well as commercial collection bins which are licensed by local authorities. The companies are not operating these schemes in an illegal or ‘false’ manner, yet the casual donor is probably easily unaware that these collections are not aiding a charity.”

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 15
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
01 Feb 2014

A market trader hangs clothes for sale after steam cleaning them in the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 16
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
31 Jan 2014

Mohammed Bakrajoi pictured in his office at the second hand market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Mohammed is an intermediary trader buying used clothing from importers and selling it on to market traders.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 17
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
31 Jan 2014

Framed pictures on display in a shop at the second hand market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Traders in Sulaimaniyah’s market say that their business has become harder as a result of the economic downturn in Europe. Sarkawt Faeq, a trader, said “The price has doubled, especially in the last year. I don’t know why but I heard that life is getting more expensive (in Europe) so people aren’t giving so much away.”

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Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
01 Feb 2014

Mens jeans and jackets line the inside of a shop at the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 19
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
01 Feb 2014

A man looks at piles of clothes for sale in the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 2
Suleimaniya, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
01 Jan 2014

Toys on display at the second hand market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Sulaimaniyah, alongside other cities in Iraq, has a large second hand market inside the Bazaar. Clothes, furniture and electronics can all be found in separate areas of the market. The clothes are usually donated in Europe, North America and Korea, and sold on through a series of intermediary companies until they reach markets in the developing world. Donors are often unaware that their donations are being traded for profit rather than going to charity.

Traders in Sulaimaniyah second-hand market buy clothes by the kilo for prices ranging from $1.50 per kilo for unsorted bales to $5 per kilo for a bale of sorted items. Prices in the bazaar vary according to quality and the trader but typically a t-shirt will cost around $3 and a jacket $10-$20.

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Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
16 Mar 2013

A shirt signed with farewell and good luck messages on sale in the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 23
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
01 Feb 2014

A man looks at shoes for sale in the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 24
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
16 Mar 2013

A boy fires a toy gun at the photographer outside a shop in the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Sarkawt Faeq said “The price has doubled, especially in the last year. I don’t know why but I heard that life is getting more expensive (in Europe) so people aren’t giving so much away.” The trade in second-hand garments is not unique to Kurdistan or Iraq. All over the developing world markets are full of clothes bought, worn and then donated in the West. Usually the clothes are collected in donation bins or bags which state or imply that they will go to those in need via a charity. As life gets more expensive, prices to buy go higher. his is especially true of longer lasting items which are also the best sellers in the market. “It’s harder to get shoes because people are keeping and wearing them for longer” said Mohammad Bakrajoi, a wholesale trader who buys most of his stock from Germany before selling it on to the individual market traders.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 25
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
02 Feb 2014

Two boys are caught in a shaft of light as they walk through a covered section of the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 26
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
31 Jan 2014

A man is caught in a shaft of light as he walks through a covered section of the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 27
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
01 Feb 2014

A man is caught in a shaft of light as he walks through a covered section of the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 3
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
01 Feb 2014

Men look at shoes for sale in the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Sulaimaniyah, alongside other cities in Iraq, has a large second hand market inside the Bazaar. Clothes, furniture and electronics can all be found in separate areas of the market. The clothes are usually donated in Europe, North America and Korea, and sold on through a series of intermediary companies until they reach markets in the developing world. Donors are often unaware that their donations are being traded for profit rather than going to charity. The second hand clothes market provides a popular alternative to the cheap and badly made Chinese and Turkish imports that fill the malls in Kurdistan. Shoppers can usually find anything from ragged t-shirts to high quality branded shoes and jackets. Prices vary according to quality and the trader but typically a t-shirt will cost around $3 and a jacket $10-$20.

Traders in Sulaimaniyah second-hand market buy clothes by the kilo for prices ranging from $1.50 per kilo for unsorted bales to $5 per kilo for a bale of sorted items. Prices in the bazaar vary according to quality and the trader but typically a t-shirt will cost around $3 and a jacket $10-$20.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 4
Suleimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
22 Mar 2014

Second hand clothing on display in a shop (with disco lights installed) outside of the main bazaar in Sulaimaniah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Sulaimaniyah, alongside other cities in Iraq, has a large second hand market inside the Bazaar. Clothes, furniture and electronics can all be found in separate areas of the market. The clothes are usually donated in Europe, North America and Korea, and sold on through a series of intermediary companies until they reach markets in the developing world. Donors are often unaware that their donations are being traded for profit rather than going to charity.

Traders in Sulaimaniyah second-hand market buy clothes by the kilo for prices ranging from $1.50 per kilo for unsorted bales to $5 per kilo for a bale of sorted items. Prices in the bazaar vary according to quality and the trader but typically a t-shirt will cost around $3 and a jacket $10-$20.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 5
Suleimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
01 Feb 2014

Mens clothes on display in a shop at the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 6
Suleimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
01 Feb 2014

Ornaments on display in a shop at the second hand market in Sulaimaniah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Traders in Sulaimaniyah’s market say that their business has become harder as a result of the economic downturn in Europe.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 7
Suleimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
01 Feb 2014

Rows of shoes are displayed at the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 8
Suleimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
02 Feb 2014

People haggle over shoes for sale in the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Second Hand Market 9
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Jacob Russell
31 Jan 2014

A family walks through a covered section of the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Traders in Sulaimaniyah buy clothes for prices ranging from $1.50 per kilo for unsorted bales to $5 per kilo for a bale of sorted items.