No takers for the pooper scoopers!

BY INDIRA RODERICKS | Monday, January 15, 2007 11:28:31 ISTSales are far from brisk at pet stores in the city, and the store owners are not surprised at all

We thought that with the ban on dog poo along Marine Drive, (and perhaps the rest of the city will follow suit), pet stores in the city will be flooded with desperate dog owners wanting to buy the pooper scooper. Not quite though. The pooper scooper is not new to the city. In fact pet stores have been selling them for years, but it was an item that went unnoticed. Until now that is. “It’s not that people have started rushing in to buy the scoopers. In fact, since the issue has erupted, we haven’t sold any, and that is contrary to what most people might think,” said Sanjay Jadhav, from Shake Hands Pet Shop at Colaba. The scoopers sold here are the imported variety is available in three shades – green, red and yellow and are priced at Rs. 125 each. The important thing to remember is that you need to place a piece of tissue paper over the poo before picking them up with the scooper. These are exactly the same kind that the municipal corporation is promoting and even though they are reasonably priced, you won’t find many people picking them up. Perhaps those that do not walk their dogs at Marine Drive do not feel the need to buy them. Sanjay also mentioned that there was another kind of imported scoopers available abroad. “It is like a shovel but has a long handle. So you don’t need to bend to pick up the waste. It had an attachment where the waste would be pushed into the shovel. Unfortunately, we don’t get that kind of scooper here,” he said. The shop has another branch at Crawford Market and yes, the scoopers are available there as well, but you don’t see many people walking in and asking for them. At R. R. Merchant’s pet shop at Kemp’s Corner, Sobia Merchant, his niece shows us the scoopers they have for sale. It’s the same kind, but the prices vary. Here they sell both the Indian and the imported variety. While the Indian made product costs between Rs. 100 to Rs. 150, the imported kind is available for Rs. 250 to Rs. 300. “These have been at our shop for quite a while, but there are not many dog lovers asking for them,” said Sobia. As an alternative, the shop also sells poo bags that are available for Rs. 165 for 24 bags. These have been imported from Italy, so the steep price. Packed in a fancy polythene bag, Sobia said that for a while people bought these bags, but sales are not brisk now. Guess its back to messing up the roads then!

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