Tuesday, December 30, 2003

The meat sellers of Bessarabbky Market now are using electronic scales. This might end the meat seller’s practice of routinely adjusting the simple balance scales to reflect heavier weights but I have enough respect for their skills to know that they will come up more skillful ways to cheat their customers. The entire purpose of Bessarabby Market is changing. Supermarkets are routinely under cutting the produce and meat sellers in terms of prices, supermarkets also much more convenient to shop at. Bessarabby has always featured a wide variety of produce the entire year round, this feature is also being undermined by supermarkets. The role that Bessarabby will move into will be part tourist attraction, part history lesson, and prime source of unique Ukrainian cooking supplies. There are few supermarkets where you can buy an entire head of a pig. This evolution will allow the market to function in a profitable manner. The charm of the meat ax will not disappear from central Kiev.

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