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01 Feb 2014

Suleimaniya Iraq Kurdistan Market

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.