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    Default Chicken boycott on Tuesdays

    Santo Domingo.- A group of social organizations yesterday announced support for the boycott on chicken meat Tuesday , to pressure producers and intermediaries to slash poultry prices.

    The groups also call on consumers to boycott the meat in every remaining Tuesday in July, noting that it should be sold at no more than RD $39 per pound.

    Organizations spokesmen Roberto Abreu and Joaquin Luciano asked the government to intervene to protect consumers, to put a stop to what they view as speculation by vendors without control over the meat which Dominicans consume most.

    The organizers also rebuked the Poultry Commissionís lobbying in the Chamber of Deputies, noting that itís an issue which the Consumer Protection Agency should resolve. "Pro-Consumidor has done an excellent job on fixing its position as to what chickenís price per pound should be."
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    RD $39 is very cheap about $1.10 US if I calc correctly, we are over $3 per pound here.

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    Price fixing=shortages. Works every time it's tried.

    Eat more pork.

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    Which bit would be the price fixing?
    The so called chicken vendors' speculation or the proposed government intervention?

    For me both are a mistake.

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    i do not know how the pro consumidor figures out their prices or what prices should be

    but the chicken and egg boycott from Haiti is still ongoing at the border, as far as I know..

    and the DR poultry industry has evidently decided in the Dominican way.. if something is NOT selling, raise the price

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedrochemical View Post
    Which bit would be the price fixing?
    The so called chicken vendors' speculation or the proposed government intervention?

    For me both are a mistake.
    MA's support of the boycott to fix prices at RD$39. I don't know the costs of production and distribution, but a buck a pound seems damn cheap.

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    Chicken in supermarkets is expensive and nasty, but from some colmados you are looking at Around 45-55pesos Lb depending where you are (ime) which is okay in my books. I can't imagine the bottom line making much on anything less. But it gives people something to think about on a Tuesday, maybe eat pork that day, mix it up a bit, or just buy enough on Monday

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    For people with well paying jobs 55 pesos a pound is just fine - but what about everyone else who could only afford chicken (not pork or beef) and now can't even afford that? I can get chicken at the pollera for 41 pesos, why should I have to pay 59 (jumbo santiago) pesos for a pound of not-so-fresh chicken in the supermarket?

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    "Don't-buy-on-whatever-day" boycotts give the protester the illusion of effectiveness. It's not logical. Same for such attempts to cripple the oil industry in the US by not filling up on a given date. The only real boycott is one where less of a product is bought, or none at all, over an extended period. One day isn't gonna cut it.

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    I don't understand the prices of chicken in the DR. In the South Shore of Massachusetts I can buy a " roaster" chicken (large chicken) for .99 per pound. It is more in POP??

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