Price controls in Venezuela are causing shortages and long lines. The Venezuela government claims a conspiracy is behind shortages of sugar, flour, butter, and toilet paper. The toilet paper shortage is causing long lines
According to data from Venezuela's Central Bank, the scarcity index rose to 21% last month, the highest since the bank started tracking the measure in 2009. This means that out of 100 goods, 21 are not available.
The Venezuelan government wants to use the calming effect of a glut of toilet paper: "We are going to saturate the market so that our people calm down." Who knew? Got a disturbed person on your hands? Buy them large amounts of toilet paper. It is like Valium.
Know anyone in Venezuela? You could send them a very large crate of toilet paper. They'll be able to use it to calm their nerves. With a 10 year supply they'll be able to give some away to earn favors with their bosses, co-workers, neighbors, and many others.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2013 May 19 10:32 PM|