7 Jul – Singer-turned-businesswoman Mila Jirin recently expressed frustration over being accused of increasing the price and profiting heftily from her durian business.
On 5 July, the "Akademi Fantasia" alumna shared a past message from a customer who claimed that she was scamming people with durians of low quality, and expressed her frustration over the accusation.
Explaining the situation, Mila revealed that her durians came from Balik Pulau, but that the farm does not belong to her - rather, she was only buying them for a meagre profit.
"I help sell the durians by using my money first to bring it back to the city for those who miss Bali Pulau durians. How could I sell it for cheap when I bought it with a high price?" she posted. "A durian is weighed in kilo - skin and all. It's hard to even get 500 grams of durian pieces in a fruit. In some cases, there are only like, four pieces in a whole fruit or worms inside upon cutting it open."
Mila stressed that her profit margin for her durian business is only seven percent and that it would be unfair for people to accuse her of selling it at a higher price than she should. She added that that was the reason why she decided to have the durians cut open first to see the pieces before sending it to customers this year.
"The reason for me to share this post is to explain myself. Don't [make accusations] against durian sellers. The profit margin is not that large and the risk is bigger. This makes me think, all fruit farmers want the best from their farms, all fruit sellers want the best for their customers, but nothing is predictable when neither the farmer nor the seller created these fruits," she expressed.
(Photo Source: Mila Jirin Instagram)