Need a Remote Control?

Most of the time, the vendors occupying any particular stretch of sidewalk are fairly consistent. The shoe repairman is next to the roti sai mai vendor, who is next to the steamed corn and peanuts vendor, who is next to the magazine vendor.


But the other day, I looked to the street below the Thong Lor Skytrain station, and saw a vendor whom I had never seen before. For a few moments I stared, trying to figure out what, exactly, the vendor was selling. Finally, I descended to the street for a closer look.


Sure enough, he had a table full of remote controls: remotes for air conditioner units were in the back and remotes for various other electrical appliances were in the front. There must have been a few hundred different models. This struck me as odd, because demand for remote controls must not be very high. It also struck me as odd because, since I had never seen this vendor here before (or since, for that matter), how would people know where to seek him out?

“You know, I need to get a new remote control for the Betamax player. I’ll just wander the city under I come across a remote control vendor.”

Doesn’t seem likely, does it? 


0 thoughts on “Need a Remote Control?

  1. A remote control vendor? That definitely takes the cake. It reminds me of a Wizard of Id comic from long ago.King to Peasant: What are you growing, farmer?Peasant: Lillies.King: That’s useless!Peasant: They should go like hotcakes during the famine.I wonder what shortage this fellow is counting on?

  2. I’m puzzled. How do you get the remote to work on just your appliances and not mess with the neighbor’s? Or maybe that is the point of getting several different ones? hehe!

  3. Used to be that IR remote controls could be found for programing a universal remote control. Some IR signals are so unknown that you need to buy a remote control for a certain particular unit.My Palm device used to be able to buy a program that can copy the IR signal. Some geeks are able to remote control just about any device.

  4. Amazing. I would love to find a cell phone vendor who sells new blackberries:)We got a universal remote from my youngest son for Christmas and it is wonderful. He programmed it for us and it is amazing.He and his partner run a tech shop in another state to far away:)

  5. people would try to sell anything for the sake of earning an income. i see that too often here in jakarta. but they always managed to get me confused as the items they sell often times are NOT the everyday stuff you’ll need and they ALL used. and so i always wonder how they’ll able to make any sale at all?

  6. @Inciteful – That’s a good question. I think it is just Bangkok, because I don’t spend a lot of my time out looking for these things. For the most point, I just try to keep my eyes open and my camera at hand when I am out.@rudyhou – Yes, I wonder the same thing. How many remotes, for example, is someone going to actually sell in a day. Perhaps I should ask.@Grannys_Place – Maybe if they need some supplies, I can connect them to my local remote vendor! LOL@ZSA_MD – @murisopsis – That’s too technical a question for me! =D@jillcarmel – His and Hers remote controls?@PPhilip – Don’t some manufacturers use a tablet-like device now as a universal remote?@ElusiveWords – Random lost sock vendor? Will have to keep my eye out for him.@CurryPuffy – Well that is the obvious next question, isn’t it? Where did he get the remotes and where are the devices that they went with?@n_e_i_l – Great line from the comic! Who knows what customer base he expects to tap into? Maybe there will be some crisis that requires us to purchase old remote controls.@Fatcat723 – But who is buying them? That’s what I don’t understand.@beowulf222 – If you need me to search for any particular remote, just let me know.

  7. @ZSA_MD – There are certain universal remotes with a booklet that will tell you what code to use for a particular brand of television.For instance Logitech’s Harmony 300 remote can control up to 4 devices when programmed right.( about $30) When you pay more you can get larger devices (if you are hard to read small print) and reduce the number of remotes needed to change all the devices.

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