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The shortage lasted 20 days, as wholesalers and store owners could not find legal means to stock their shelves.
The Argentine government announced last week that it had finally defeated the tampon shortage. Johnson & Johnson reported to the government via email that they had “regularized” the importing of tampons after a 20-day drought that generated heavy criticism, particularly given an increased demand for the product due to the summer’s high temperatures. …
The government responded to the shortage, in large part, by blaming the media. As Bloomberg reports, Commerce Secretary Augusto Costa stated in a radio interview that the shortage was “induced by media operations,” claiming that demand had increased because outlets were reporting that there was a shortage in the product…
Other government officials retorted that such a claim was nonsense; chair of the Argentine Chamber of Importers, Miguel Ponce, noted that “the central bank owes importers about $5.5 billion for authorized purchases,” which is what causes shortages in products, not a media frenzy.
Economic analysts and reporters appear to agree.
The tampon shortage has only one cause: the economic model. In Argentina, the model is principally characterized by thinking that a group of people centralized in a Commerce Ministry can respond to the demands of consumers with greater efficiency than the market, where decisions are made in a decentralized fashion and with the knowledge of problems and necessities based on time and place.