5316Re: earl grey, milk, paint, and the market thing
- Jul 28, 2001Earl Grey you can get at Hypermas, Automercado in Multiplaza (they
always have the best stock on Twinings) very consistently, then often
you can find it at Automercado downtown, and Yohann's.
That milk WAS fantastic - here's what i saw happened with that. This
president sold off MANY agricultural contracts to foreign countries,
including a BIG milk contract to Mexico, Borden in Mexico started
supplying a lot of the stuff instead of the Costa Rican producers.
That milk is only sold now in areas right around the dairy, northern
region if I heard right. There was a couple of really outstanding
cheeses too that went when the jobs went, a mozzerella that was
Paint! yes, i've had that experience with art supplies here - paper!
This has been my experience with the market thing - up until recently
almost all of the imported stuff was SURPLUS, therefore dependent not
on the market here, but of the market in the US. Not a surplus,
doesn't get offered. this is why we'd get plenty of pumpkin pie mix in
march through september but come holiday season you'd better have
already bought it, and your roasting bags and (ack!) cranberry sauce.
i've seen impromptu auctions for this stuff during the last days
before thanksgiving and xmas.hah
the surplus thing is also why so many DEFECTIVE products have been
dumped on this place too. coffee caraffes that dribble, fans that have
a funky support, the sort of thing that would get a company in the US
sued into bankruptcy, so they ship them here where outragious
lawsuits would screw us all in no time so they're not allowed. with
the advent of PriceSmart and Hypermas, a lot of these problems have
really been minimized when you can get to these places regularly. i
know the difference between "before Hypermas" and "after Hypermas" for
us, was like going from the real third world to a pretty decent second
world lifestyle. until Hypermas, frozen vegetables were a REAL
novelty, as well as frozn juice, decent breakfast cereals, and
best of all - decent meat departments finally prevailed (you know, the
ones that you CAN'T smell as soon as you hit the front door.)
the guy who runs Hypermas approached us one day, recognizing us as
regulars, and asked us how we liked it. we told the truth when we said
it had made the quality of life in central san jose go up 200% almost
overnight. reduced our shopping time by 2/3, raised the quality of our
diet immensely, and thus saved us money in several areas.
i've got numerous horror stories of the treatment we received from
grocery store management before the competition arrived. yikes.
employees pinching us on the butt while we shopped, cashiers refusing
to serve us, telling us they'll take dollars for groceries, then we we
get to the end of ringing up they tear the bill in half and give it
back to us saying it's damaged.
i haven't had to deal with ANY of that since Hypermas, PriceSmart,
Automercado Multiplaza, among a couple of others, and the way they've
truly driven the quality of the market up to a dignified and healthy
level. when you put a suggestion inthe box, actual people actually
read it and actually act on it because they actually understand
capitalism and actually know the value of the customer.
so there's my 2 cents!! i had skipped all the messages marked
"marketing research" thinking it was something else altogether.
ps - looking for a tour to go on, get certified in Scuba, charter a
yacht, learn surfing, try The Edge Aventure Company. They cater to
familes and singles, so are prepared with activities for the little
ones and the big ones alike. http://www.edgetours.com they've been
around for 20 years.
also, if you want to find some live music to go out and enjoy,
especially this guanacaste weekend, try the live music calendar on the
previously listed site.
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