Unfair Competition

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 09:28 (576 days ago)

Once again our municipal government appears to be trying to drive established local businesses in downtown Zihuatanejo out of business. Imagine our surprise as we strolled through the zócalo yesterday to discover that a tianguis of artisans from eastern Guerrero (Chilapa and Tlapa de Comonfort, I believe) has been allowed to set up shop in our main plaza selling pretty much the same wares that local artisans and many established local businesses sell, including traditional clothing for women similar to what my wife sells. While I'm sure the city's regulatory officials are happy with the money they make under the table from such events (because historically there is no transparency or accountability in our municipal government), they are doing a serious disservice to the hard-working local taxpayers by hurting our sales just when we were starting to recover from years of economic hardship.

It would be nice if there were a way to ask you to limit any purchases you make from them to articles not available from local merchants, but it would be difficult for you to know what those are. We certainly have no issues with the artisans. They are just trying to make a living, too. But established local businesses already suffer enough unfair competition from the markets on Cinco de Mayo, La Ropa and Ixtapa as well as all the wandering vendors. It's damn near impossible for us to make a living already. But politicians seeking votes and money have little use for ethics or principles, and apparently the PRD (the political party that controls our municipal government) has already written off the vote of the downtown merchants. (As an aside, political party adherence is down this election cycle, and that's good IMHO.)

If it weren't for our various governments, Zihuatanejo would be a much greener, safer and more prosperous place for its residents and visitors.

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