Why does willow remain high
Willow product is favored among customers as it utilizes green and natural raw materials for weaving. Its green, natural, trendy and environmental attributes comply with people’s pursuit towards health and greenness.
80-90% of willow products are exported to advanced countries including European countries and America. A handful of them are consumed in China. Main domestic markets include hotels, supermarkets and some home accessory stores. But as domestic consumption level and life quality is enhanced, demands for willow technique are also expanding.
But in recent days, willow products are high in price. According to the author, it is due to the following reasons:
1. It is because of weather. Due to drought last year, willow products enjoyed a bad year in harvest with inferior reduction of output and weak quality. Raw materials are in short supply but market demands are on the rise, so it’s inevitable that price would soar. The phenomenon of buying willow products from other countries also emerge. The most direct case is emergence of willows from Northeast China in Linyi.
2. Labor cost is rising. Such a case already shows up in the south. It is mainly sown in shortage of labor, as can be seen in inland cities. Few young people are willing to stay at home and weave these artworks. They would prefer to go out for work. Put salary aside, they crave for leaving rural areas and seeking for development in cities, for they like the work environment there. Old people and some housewives form the main work force. though they would like to stay at home and continue to work for the field, they would also consider the gap of incomes between working outside and weaving at home. They are unwilling to get order forms from agents if incomes from weavings are lower than those gained by working outside.
3. Rigidity in price. For example, real estate industry never sees its price go down. In reverse, it would go up. this case might sound improper, but it signifies that price of willow products can’t go down once they go up.