5 things you should never buy in traffic

Purchasing a sausage roll and a bottle of water might be a helpful strategy while stuck in heavy traffic, such as the kind that occurs in Lagos and causes all vehicles to move at the speed of snails.

While you may be able to purchase bread, plantain chips, bananas, groundnuts, and even sugarcane in other states if you’re stuck in traffic, Lagos traffic offers much more.

However, if you like to buy things in traffic because they are cheap, it is advisable you don’t buy certain items. Here are five things we advise you never to buy while you’re held in traffic.

1. Phones

A villager shows his mobile phone's monitor displaying a message confirming the universal basic income transaction, 2,250 shillings per month ($22,19 euros)A villager shows his mobile phone’s monitor displaying a message confirming the universal basic income transaction, 2,250 shillings per month ($22,19 euros)AFP

It is very common to see guys selling phones in traffic but the probability of buying fufu or a bar of soap as a phone in traffic especially in Lagos is very high. If you don’t want to buy the most expensive fufu or bar of soap in Nigeria, don’t leave reputable stores to buy your phone in traffic.

2. Wristwatches

Don't ever buy wristwatches in trafficDon’t ever buy wristwatches in traffic

Yea, guys also sells wristwatches in traffic, expensive ones. These wristwatches often come cheap but hey, it is better you buy elsewhere than buying it in Costain or Iyana Ipaja traffic.

3. Airtime

Now that you can recharge your airtime on your phone using USSD codes or your bank application or an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), you should have no reason to buy recharge cards in traffic. Many people have fallen victims of fake recharge card so, if you don’t have a smartphone, use your bank’s USSD code to buy recharge card.

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4. Pieces of jewellery

Lagos traffic sometimes can be a marketplace in its own right, and that is why you can see people selling all sort of things including pieces of jewellery. It may be tempting to buy necklaces of ‘good quality’ because of the cheap prices in traffic, but trust me, you may end up wasting your money on a fake necklace.

5. Dogs

If you like puppies, traffic is not the best place for you to buy one. First, you don’t know the kind of diseases the dogs are carrying and second, you may not have the time to inspect puppies properly.

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