Markets were the first places where people were to trade in goods. In past times they were often situated at nodal points of transport networks. A settlement with good communications could be guaranteed a market as it was fairly certain there would be enough passing trade to supply the stalls with a regular amount of business. Before modern travel developed bridging points of rivers were good places for the location of a market. Over time markets have declined in popularity and this has been for a number of different reasons. Firstly in developed countries the transport network is so dense that no location has an advantage in terms of siting a market.
In the UK markets are also unable to compete with the large supermarkets in terms of price. So people will now prefer go to the large supermarkets, where parking is easier and there are such a wide variety of goods available that it is easier to shop in one place at one time. Another reason for the decline is that a large number of farmers are actually contracted to grow and rear their produce for the supermarkets. They do not need to visit the markets as they have no surpluses available to sell.
As the supermarkets have grown larger there has been disquiet among the general public that the loss of the markets has resulted in their being a reduction of the varieties of produce available to buy. This has led to the creation of new markets where the smaller farms are purchasing stalls to sell their produce direct to the public.
There has also been a rebirth in certain areas of the country in local crafts and trades. Stalls are appearing selling hand woven clothes and wools. Pottery stalls are also appearing as is jewelry that has been created in small cottage type industries. One of the most successful is the Winchester Farmers Market in Hampshire which is held on every other Sunday. There are over 100 stalls that sell a wide variety of farmers produce. A farmer cannot set up a stall unless they live in the county, or within 10 miles of the border.
Markets in Europe are a great deal different than the ones that operate in Asia. The people of Thailand rely on the markets for their daily supplies of food, and on some occasions their cooked meals. It is actually cheaper to eat out at a market than it is to cook at home.
Pattaya in Thailand is famous as a seaside and holiday resort. It is also home to almost 3 million Thais who need feeding and watering. The city has an abundance of markets and they are all slightly different in their own ways. Some of the markets are open all week while others are only open at weekends. Some are aimed at tourists while others are keen to attract the local Thai population. In the centre of the city there is a central road called Soi Buakhao and it is home to two markets. One is open every evening of the year and is quite small. There is an abundance of food stalls aimed at the local population.
At the other end of the street is another market. This is much larger and is open every Tuesday and every Friday. As well as there being an abundance of food stalls there are stalls that have shirts, hats jewelry and other trinkets that are attractive to foreign tourists. There is even a massage area where tired shoppers can get a foot massage.
There is even an opportunity for visitors to visit the fish market at Naklua, in the north in the city. People buy their fish from a local stall and they then pay cooks to barbecue their fish on hot coals. There is a park nearby where people can sit and eat their fresh fish.
There will always be markets regardless of other retail opportunities available. Buyers love to be able to buy their produce straight from the suppliers.