Today I bought half a kilo of Ferndale cheese, because the figures never lie – Armenian cheese has become more expensive, than higher quality imported cheddar.
From my perspective, it doesn’t matter what’s the reason of 40-50% price increase for Armenian cheese. I want value for money and I’ll keep buying imported cheese for under 2500 AMD ($7 US) per kilo and won’t buy local cheese for 2800 AMD ($8 US), because Armenian cheese I’m offered for more expensive price is much worse in terms of quality. I was only buying Armenian cheese because it cost 1800 AMD ($5) or less, but recent price-hikes have totally beat the point.
Experience tells me however, that Armenian cheese makers won’t bring down the price to compete effectively in the free market, because there isn’t one. Instead, they’ll hold behind the scenes talks with cheese importers and make sure the prices of imported cheese will go up as well. Or they’ll buy them out. And the state regulator will cover them up, saying ‘its just free market’, ‘we have no authority over it’, etc. Sure, ’cause the bribes are out for the grabs…
Today’s cheese purchase, above all, tells me how rotten this country really is. I’m totally loosing patience!
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