Togo Africa Wicker Chairs Atakpame, Togo West Africa Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Wicker couch for sale in Lome, Togo, I stop daily and see what they are making on the way to buy my morning Baguette.
I started to use the word wicker and thought to myself, what is wicker?
QUOTE: Wicker is any sort of hard woven fiber formed into a useful object. Wicker is usually used for baskets or furniture. Traditional wicker is made of material of plant origin, but nowadays also plastic fibers are used. STOP QUOTE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicker
Ok, I think this qualifies for the wicker definition; this is some type of stringy fiber they slice up and use. I asked how much for this couch and they say 75,000 CFA, this is about 150 US dollars and I would say, - OUCH! -
This is asking price and with shipping this couch would be in the 400 US dollar range to buy and ship to the USA or more…
I think it takes two men about three days to make so the labor cost is about 2000 x 3 days or about 6000 CFA and maybe 12 dollars US in labor, I would say there is about 12 dollars in materials so about 24 dollars is my guesstimate of cost to make. Therefore, there is a Yebo inflated cost to consider, a White Man will have trouble getting the price down to something closer to reality. My guess and I am guessing with a some work I can buy this for about 50 US.
The best way to buy something like this is to come by everyday until you can see how long, how much, and slowly understand the whole process. It then become more fun as you will know the workers, know the owners and it become more personal, not just a purchase.
I think Africa is maybe triple the cost of Asia for this type of product or furniture.
I have yet to find any items to purchase that I would say, shipping to the USA sounds like a good idea. A few items I could purchase and carry back on a plane, the wood statues are unique and some are special. To buy a practical, I will use at home product is very difficult to find as the cost of products in West Africa are not cheap when compared to Asia or South America.
Wicker Chair Sales Lome Togo Lome, Togo West Africa Tuesday, June 26, 2007 06 degrees 07.280 North 001 degrees 12.488 East 9 Meters of altitude above sea level On Duisburg Street across from Angola Embassy Landmark to say to Taxi is: L'ambassade de l'Angola