Sunday, October 14, 2007

Free tomatoes!

The tomato boycott (probably) worked.

What's indisputable is that the price came down in a week. Some of it likely also had to do with new crops coming in up north, expanding the supply and easing the crunch.

Even the president came out and said that the boycott was more successful than his price controls.

Of course, that doesn't mean there's not a new list of price-controlled items coming out Tuesday.

The items that fall under the price-control agreements usually get special little signs in the grocery store. You know, the ones that stick off the shelf a bit and in a serious country would say "SALE!" or "NEW!". Only here they say "PRICE-CONTROLLED!".

It's always limited to, say, one particular size of one particular kind of one particular brand of flour. Meanwhile, all the other products on the shelf go up to make up for the hit the store takes on the price-controlled items. Obviously.

The consumer group that organized the boycott celebrated its success by handing out free tomatoes on a street corner. I was too busy subtitling a "Ratatouille" promotional video to go.


Sarah said...

A "Ratatouille" promotional video??? That's awesome.

Esteban said...

Finally, a Real project! But, this heavier workload isn't going to affect the quality of your blog, is it? We may have to institute some controlled labor standards, in which case the blog will take priority, obviously!

Dan said...

I am afraid nothing can affect the quality of the blog, Esteban.