I would like to warn the owners of the relatively newly opened Board and Timber shop/warehouse on Mungwi road (I believe) - right next to the equally splendid Phoenix Lighting off Lumumba road that their workers are going to drive their business into the mire. The workers are conning customers with higher than normal prices. To start with their timbers are not priced even though they are already sorted into batches. They rely on this guy on the till to determine prices for things. That is where the cartel begins. This guy will quote you some ridiculously high price. If you as much as grunt, his eyes brighten as he quickly offers you a reduced price if you promise to cash him (chekelako) half of the reduction. For instance he would reduce the price by a million kwacha offering you to pay half of that, and he pockets five hundred pin! Most of those timber batches are actually already tied together so that there is no need for some ka guy to do fancy calculations on his ka calculator. A price label would save the day!!
Those boys are probably stealing from both the owners and the customers. I feel for the business, because that 'system' has reduced my desire to visit that warehouse - they have some of the best stuff in town, so it is a shame that that practice is going on unchecked. The owners have no idea this is going on because all they do is count the timbers against what the ka guy wrote.
My advice to Board and Timber is that they need to label their timbers with prices or have the prices printed on a board somewhere even if the price is per meter. Right now, the customers are at the mercy of those thieves. It seems that everyone on the floor is also in on the deal.