Palma has an awful lot of illegal street sellers.

27-04-2016Alejandro Sepulveda

The issue of illegal street selling in Palma is a well-known one, and on certain days, especially when cruise ships are in port (even in the low season), parts of the city are full of sellers, some of whom lay out their goods on blankets. The town hall is determined to tackle the issue both through information and police operations, but it is moving towards adopting a more radical solution, one that addresses the work and social conditions of the sellers themselves.

Angelica Pastor, the councillor for public safety, presented a new leaflet on Thursday which informs residents and tourists of the disadvantages of this type of selling: the impacts, in particular, on small, legitimate traders.

She added, though, that the town hall is considering creating an area where the sellers would be able to regularise their situation, with permission from the interior ministry. All manner of actions (police ones) can be carried out, but ultimately the town hall is seeking to ensure that there is control.

The leaflet, which is in Spanish, Catalan, English and German, asks visitors (and residents) not to buy counterfeit products, as their sale is illegal. It adds that these products can sometimes be a risk to consumers, who are otherwise invited to buy from local businesses and so contribute to the local economy, which the illegal street sellers do not.


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Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

Would the first one be "fish" ?.


Geotge / Hace over 5 years

I own a restaurant in calador and I tell them two words and the second one is off


Andy-P / Hace over 5 years

Serious question, my evenings eating in restaurants in Palma had often been made to feel uncomfortable by someone (usually of African origin) selling roses or neon glowing tat. Why do the restaurants let them in???Even places like Il forn st joan. Its not good for business, so I have to assume its some sort of Mafia operation, dont let them in, your restaurant gets burnt down??? Authorities are pathetic, this could be closed down overnight.


Andy Rawson / Hace over 5 years

Give these illegal street sellers an inch and they will take a mile. Too late now. Action should have been taken while there were few, not while there are now many. If you stop them selling sunglasses they will resort to what their mates do - selling drugs on behalf of the Mallorca gypsies based in Son Gotleu. As reported in the Mallorcan Spanish press not so long ago.


Ron / Hace over 5 years

CONTROL is this year's magic one word solution to all our problems. But - good luck with this one - like the trileros and mugging prostitutes - nothing will be resolved. All big talk as is the norm. with this bunch of control freak amateur politicians.


Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

In other words, the "authorities" are asking tourists not to buy illegal goods off illegal inmigrants as it is illegal for them to sell them, as they haven´t got the power to do anything about it themselves. I look forward to finding out where all this illegality is legally going to take place.