Aziz Korkmaz, who bought the items forgotten on the plane for various reasons, especially the stress of FLIGHT, the rush, and sold them in Avcılar with the tender opened after they were kept in the warehouse for a year, said that various items ranging from suitcases to prosthetic teeth were found.Especially the items that international passengers forget, are kept in the lost property warehouse of THY’s Luggage Services Management Directorate, and are sold through a tender if an application is not made within 1 year, then they are completed and sold. While electronic items such as bags, glasses, wallets and mobile phones are mostly forgotten on the plane, interesting items can be found in the opened suitcases.
SELLING FORGOTTEN ITEMS SINCE 25 YEARS
Aziz Korkmaz, who sells forgotten items they bought from THY tenders as well as items seized at customs in two large shops located in a passage in Avcılar, said, “We buy them from the state through a tender and offer them for sale. In 1995, in Şehremini, Topkapı. “We have been operating in Avcılar for 13 years.” Korkmaz said, explaining that passengers can forget everything that can be carried on planes: “For example, the man forgets his denture. When he forgets his bag, he forgets the denture in it. Everything that can be carried in the suitcase can be forgotten. Among the forgotten interesting items, prosthetic feet and legs are also found. You take a look at the forgotten suitcase and a prosthetic leg comes out. Auction them by paying a certain price. We buy them with. We are evaluating them. In the market, for example, if it is sold for 500 TL, we give it to 150 TL. If there is any deficiency, we remove them, then we sell them. We make dentures. We sell them if they want a prosthetic leg. “
Aziz Korkmaz stated that during the coronavirus period, they could not get a tender with the closure of the airports and the cancellation of the flights, but they had a product that they could sell for 2 years, continued as follows:
“This period has affected our sales. In our workplace, very old gramophone, at least 50-60 years old radio turntable, 100-year-old sewing machine from wherever you look, very old records, radios, paddles, clothes, shoes, hats, strollers for all sizes and ages. We make room as the products are sold here. Those who lost their belongings on the plane sometimes come to us. For example, if he forgot about a month ago, he will come to us at least 1 year later. We keep the photos from the suitcases. Someone came from Tekirdağ recently. We took out what we had, we took them out and took their photographs and went away. Besides our watches, which are mostly forgotten during the security check for 20-1000 TL, we have a large amount of mobile phones, laptops, tablets. Some of them leave their luggage or bags in order not to pay an additional charge to the luggage. They follow us on their social media accounts and shop at high prices. s. It takes time to get back the money we invested. It became a hobby for form. Sometimes, escaping food and used diapers can come out of the forgotten suitcases we buy with tender. “