(?) "just on the novelty factor alone"

8769

Senior Member
Japanese and Japan
The passage below is part of what I transcribed, listening to a radio program.
Now, my sisters and I were budding entrepreneurs and I remember having our first yard sale in elementary school. I think I was about eight at the time. We took some toys that we didn't need anymore but they were still in good condition and we set up a table at the end of our driveway. We sold nearly everything in a few hours. And the surprising thing was that this wasn't in some random suburb in the U.S., but rather in our neighborhood in western Tokyo. As you know, I used to live in Tokyo as a kid. Now our Japanese neighbors must have thought it was a bit strange and uh... we probably sold some of our wares just on the novelty factor alone.
At the end of the passage above, I transcribed it:
just on the novelty factor alone

Does this make sense in this context?
 
  • jamesjiao

    Senior Member
    New Zealand English and Mandarin Chinese
    Yes it does. It means one reason we sold some of the wares was because they were novelties (i.e. things that people haven't seen or heard before).
     

    MOT39

    Member
    France-Canadian English
    I agree that it makes sense but to me the "novelty factor" is their selling "garage sale" style.
     
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