This is the place where some fashion retailers purchase their stocks, at wholesale prices and then applying the necessary markup when it goes to shelf.
I first learnt about the area when Jennifer told me thats where she obtained the stocks for her fashion retail outlet. On many occasions, I wanted to tag along with her on one of her stock runs there, just to see how business is conducted at the street level. Unfortunately, our available timings never matched and she has since wind down her retail business to concentrate on investing in stocks.
One fine day, I asked if she would be free to go to Qi Pu Road. Incidentally, a friend of hers needed her to be there as she is able to get a good discount from some of the distributors.
We met at Huai Hai Road and took a cab there. Journey is about 15 mins or so.
The area was congested, worned out and pretty polluted. I guess the environment is really no frills to keep costs low!
We went into a building about seven storeys high and its packed with shops selling anything from bags to clothes to leather goods. All item pricings are negotiable. Lets say you are a retailer and is interested in a specific number of a particular shirt. Chances are, the seller there would have this already available in multicolor, sizes and volume packed in boxes for you. Some of the shops there dont even bother to unpack their goods from the boxes or crates. Of course, the more you self service, the cheaper it gets.
The shops are equally frills free. Jennifer spotted a dress she liked and negotiated a wholesale price for it but met with a small problem. She wanted to try it but there was no fitting room in the shop. What the shop owner did was to bring out a curtain, tie one end of it onto a section of his shop and asked a young girl to hold on to the other end of it. And so, Jennifer tried the dress in the improvised "fitting room". Understandably, in double quick time !
If you are not really into brands or service, you may just be able to get a few good deals there! I havent got the exact address but most taxi drivers would know the area if you mention to them the Qi Pu Road wholesale district. However, its difficult to get a taxi out due to the congestion frequently faced in the area. Well,there is always a price to pay for a lower price tag.