I rarely go to Rehab Complex these days and if I go, it is for Sharingan Store or Abdulmutalib to fix a device. It is the best store in Kuwait when it comes to buying rare figurines and collectables. Sharingan Store is founded by Jaber Bamsallam, a very respectful and honest businessman in Kuwait. He is one of the people who really stick to his words and do whatever it takes to deliver what he promises. I find a lot of amazing and rare figurines at Sharingan such as Prime 1, First4Figures, Tsume Art, and much more. If you think about selling a used or a brand new figurine, then Sharingan is the place to go. The commission per transaction is very reasonable, and things sells out really fast there. I had few figurines that broke when I was coming back from the US. I gave them to Jaber and he fixed them and sold them really fast. Just never throw any collectable, because you can sell them at really good prices. What I learned is that there is a buyer for everything including broken and damaged items. There are two ways of buying figurines, one is buying whatever is in stock and the other is pre-ordering. I hate preordering because sometimes I wait for few years until they deliver. Most fo the time there are production issues that slows the delivery time, so I stopped ordering unless it is something I really want. Now I buy whatever is in stock, because I get it few days after.
Things haven’t been that good when it comes to retail in Kuwait. From stores in the avenues to the stores in Hawalli, the retail industry is changing big time. Last week, we had some goods at Kuwait customs and when we went there it wasn’t as busy as it used to be in the past. We asked around and the labor there were complaining that imports have decreased so much and it keeps decreasing. The trucks that transports goods were charging 25 KD per trip and now they are charging 10 KD only. I have discussed this issue with multiple business owners and they mostly blame the changes in the industry.
Al-Rehab Complex: Multiple business owners that I know very well complained how their customers changed the way they purchase video games. When it comes to software, they purchase online from Playstation Network, Nintendo eShop, Xbox Games Store. Even if someone wants the collector’s edition, they buy it from Amazon. The problem even the most loyal customers to Al-Rehab Complex stopped going there and they started to buy online. Buying directly from Amazon for collector’s edition games is cheaper than buying from Al-Rehab Complex.
The Avenues: The Avenues has the highest foot traffic in Kuwait, but for the past 2.5 years. You see constant sales going on. I am surprised to see Sales going on for that long, but it isn’t stopping at all and I don’t think it will stop anytime soon. Business owners are blaming the leave of expats families, reduction in purchase power, and purchasing online from stores overseas.