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Can Argentina Consumers Boycott Their Way To Lower Prices?

As vegetable wholesalers around Buenos Aires ignore government calls to moderate prices, angry shoppers may resort to their last weapon.

San Telmo Market, Buenos Aires
San Telmo Market, Buenos Aires
Martín Grosz

BUENOS AIRES — Too much rain in the province of Buenos Aires is said to be making salad and vegetables unpalatable — not just because they taste bad, but for the outrageous prices.

Awed shoppers have witnessed the price of onions, for example, shoot up by 465% over the course of a year, leading consumer groups to threaten a boycott, which Argentines have used before to successfully bring prices back down.

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