Buying a car through official channels in Poland is a low and expensive process.
GV PAN Compound of cars being viewed.
SVs People looking at cars. (4 SHOTS)
CU Price tag on car.
SV Peugeot car for sale.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Price tag on Mercedes car.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Grill badge on Volvo car, CU price tag of 5,300,000 Zloties. (2 SHOTS)
GVs & SVs Stalls in bazaar selling books, antiques, hi-fi equipment and cassettes. (3 SHOTS)
GV Woman handing over money to stall owner.
GV Stall selling household goods.
CU PULL BACK TO SV & GV Clothes stall. (2 SHOTS)
SV Stall selling old coins.
GV & PAN People looking at stalls in bazaar.
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Background: Buying a car through official channels in Poland is a low and expensive process. The average worker would need to save for about three years to buy the cheapest car on the market. Things are not much better in the private sector. A private car mart has sprung up in Warsaw. Along the Aleja Krakowska, a Volvo car is an offer for 5,300,000 Zloties (66,250 US dollars), while a 1977 Volkswagen fetches 999,000 zloties (12,500 US dollars).
An old Mercedes bought for about 500 pounds (1,000 US dollars) in Britain, would sell for enough Zloties for more than 10 years of comfortable life in Poland. There are few genuine customers among the crowds wandering around the car mart or the nearby stalls, which are laden with looks, hi-fi equipment, and household goods. Many just come to look. There is still evidence of hard bargaining for expensive items. Recent price increases have slowed down demand, and goods, once scarce, now remain on the stands.