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June 13, 2014
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Making a buck from World Cup
Diandra Grandison, Staff Reporter

A vendor shows his World Cup flags he sells in Kingston yesterday. - Errol Crosby

Many Jamaicans will be glued to their television sets watching 'The Greatest Show on Earth' - the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but while some are busy cheering for their respective teams, others have taken the opportunity to earn some cash off the festivities.

Throughout the Corporate Area, flags, many of which were purchased from street-side vendors, can be seen flanking the cars of motorists publicly declaring the team they are supporting.

Jahmax Simpson, 23, said he saw the World Cup as an opportunity to earn money. "Business is wonderful!" Simpson said, adding he has been selling flags for about a week ago and on a good day makes on average $5000.

He sells flags for countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Spain, England, Ghana, France and Italy at a cost of $100 for a large flag and $50 for a small flag.

Gregory, 36, who also sells flags in Half-Way-Tree, revealed that due to its high demand, he sells the Brazilian flag at a higher cost in comparison to the others.

Gregory sells the Brazilian Flag at $200 for the large and $100 for a small and the other countries he sells at regular price of $100 and $50 respectively. "Brazil flag is in high demand and we kyah get no Brazil flag, so when it scare, we have to raise the price," he said.

Another flag vendor, Richard Johnson, who sells his flags in downtown Kingston, revealed that the flags that are of highest demand are Brazil, Argentina and Germany, respectively.

A mason by profession, Johnson started selling the flags on Monday as means of earning extra cash. Along with the flags, he sells armbands with the respective country's names and colours at a cost of $100. He makes on average $3000 a day.

Johnson also took the opportunity to express his disappointment at Jamaica's absence from this year's World Cup.

"I feel bad that Jamaica not in the World Cup, living in the country, they should be there so we can cheer them on," he said.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup started yesterday in Brasil and ends on July 13.

Brazilian fans in glee while watching the 2014 opening World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia at the Chinese Benevolent Association, Old Hope Road, St Andrew, yesterday.

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