They described that on weekdays or weekends the movement of consumers in the market tends to improve a little.
With a lower influx of consumers than in previous years, the merchants of the municipal market of UD-145 in San Félix are doing their best to maintain their businesses.
“We are here, we are going slowly,” said Yudeisi Figueroa, who described that the movement is likely to improve in two weeks or at the end of the week.
There are many empty shops and corridors that keep the market dark. From the food area they say that, despite the efforts, after the pandemic sales have decreased significantly.
Soups and lunches, for example, start at three dollars.
Other products such as different dressings are approximately 50 bolivars, while vegetables are 25 Bs. and the banana is 15. Others choose to bring half a kilo, or 30 bolivars of it, according to what was discussed.
Traders say that the prices are dictated by the value of the dollar and, because of the constant depreciation of the bolivar, “sometimes they think that we are pricing the goods.” The price of cheese is 170 bolivars and that of a carton of eggs is 176 in some stores.
“The profit is very small,” commented the sellers when pointing out the alternatives they chose to deal with the economic situation and the competition.
They added that some of the clients buy what they need every day, because purchasing power makes it difficult for purchases to be larger.
“And at the age of 15 and 30 they buy everything, but very little,” said José, one of the sellers about the “tight” purchases he saw.