Anyone go to the new Naas Market this Sunday?
Judging by the stream of cars coming in people must have thought the same as me: A weekly car boot sale every Sunday in Naas is a brilliant idea.
Well, there was only a handful of stalls with frankly what was over-priced tat. What a disappointment. The restaurant was a disaster. I saw 3 staff members try to organise a baby bowl for somebody. After asking the same 3 staff members then the chef himself for some lunch, we gave it up as a bad job and left.
Teething problems? Perhaps.
Would I go back next week to give it another go, to see if there were more stalls, more car boots and some food? Not a chance!
Quite simply, we were all charged €2 to enter the market.
€2 might not seem a lot, but to me, this sums up everything wrong with Celtic Tiger Ireland. It's that short-term gain mentality that bugs me, businesses using the chance to fleece people for whatever they can, while they can, instead of thinking of the long-term. What makes it worse is that we pay it.
Any car boot sale I've been to before makes their profit from the stall holders. Naas charges only €20 per car boot or stall. I maintain that people are more likely to come back, week in and week out, and spend their cash, if they can park for free. Instead it will fizzle out and never get off the ground because of short-term money-grubbing.