Trying to Survive the Market

As I’ve been reading the Grapes of Wrath, I noticed that I have started to grow a little fond of the book. The story is quite slow, but it isn’t too bad after all. On a nice Thursday morning, my teacher assigned the class what’s called the 1-pager.

It’s basically a summary of a chapter, the book, or a scene, with illustrations, quotes, and a phrase to show the readers what or why you feel is important. I chose a chapter to summarize, not of the main character literally, but of the life of an everyday person who wants a car.

“Used Cars! Cheap used cars!”


The Salesman yelling at the customers that walk in wide eyed, oblivious to the fact that they are in for the worst deal of their lives.

“’22 Dodge. Best [darn] car Dodge ever made. Never wear out. Low compression. High compression got lots a sap for a while but the metal ain’t made that’ll hold it up for long. Plymouths, Rocknes, Stars.”

“Cars lined up. Model T’s, high and snotty, creaking wheel, worn bands, Buicks, Nashes, De Sotos.”

How can we trust him? What is right? What is good, what is bad? For unknown and inexperienced people, they don’t know the right prices for the right kind of things, in this case, cars.

The same way with street markets.

“Fresh fish! Fresh tuna right from the sea! Cheap cheap! Come buy! Very fresh!”

“Luxury pillows! Extremely comfortable and cheap! Soft and supportive! Great for all ages! Comes in all different colors! 100% cotton!”

Here and there, all that people can hear are the screams and shouts of people advertising. There are different types of things to buy, from fresh meat or fish

to pajamas.

For the new people who don’t know life around street markets, they would usually get their products at a full price, or pay cheap, but get a bad quality. It can’t be helped. Wherever we are, all street markets are the same. That’s the power of the salespeople.

I feel like the salespeople have some kind of instinct inside them, that allows them to notice if a person is new or are experienced. Just because a person is of that country does not mean they have experience, nor does a foreigner mean they do not. It’s the small actions that are noticed by the store owners,  and those actions are what causes them to act one way or the other.


“Those sons-of-[female dogs] over there aren’t buying. Every yard gets ’em. They’re lookers. Spend all their time looking. Don’t want to buy no cars; take up your time. Don’t give a [darn] for your time. Over there, them two people-no, with the kids. Get ’em in a car. Start ’em at two hundred and work down. They look good for one and a quarter. Get ’em rolling. Get ’em in a jalopy. Sock it to ’em! they took our time.”

“Watch the woman’s face. If the woman likes it we can screw the old man. Start ’em on that Cad’. Then you can work ’em down to that ’26 Buick. ‘F you start on that Buick, they’ll go for a Ford. Roll up your sleeves an’ get to work. this ain’t gonna last forever. Show ’em that Nash while I get the slow leak pumped up on that ’25 Dodge. I’ll give you a Hymie when I’m ready.”

It was pretty interesting to see that there is a similarity between the 1930’s and now, about the dealing of cars and food. I have learned that there are many differences that the world went through this past century, and I believe this is true. But there are still the same things that were left in our blood for us to let it flow to this day.

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