Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Barter Country

How socialism breeds markets:
If you are in Venezuela and you type the word “trueque” (Spanish for swap) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram’s search bars, dozens of users or groups specially created for this purpose will pop up.

You will see Venezuelans’ despair in real time — thousands of men and women searching for products as basic as rice, flour, coffee, diapers, aspirin, birth control pills, flour, deodorant, shampoo, soap and a wide range of medicines.

A lot of these are simply unavailable in supermarkets and, if they are, they eat up several hours of the people’s schedule.

Diana Antunez told Fox News Latino she has been forced to swap products online to get diapers and milk for her 3-year-old son.

“I usually exchange things with family members, neighbors or coworkers, but some time ago none of them had diapers and I had to visit @Truequejusto,” Antunez, 28, said.

More than 11,300 people currently follow that handle, created a year ago.
In Venezuela, swap meet comes to you...

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