Commies & selling stuff

Just before arriving downtown on one of the two main drags, you encounter a wall, about a block long, that’s been painted bright red with occasional large yellow stars included. No words. It’s put there by the Communist Party, which has a candidate for mayor in the upcoming elections in June.

They don’t call themselves the Communist Party, of course. The call themselves the Workers Party, but it’s easy to see through that sleight of hand. Only a fool would be fooled. Alas, many voters are fools, which is why universal suffrage is a dreadful idea. The traditional communist star is red, but theirs is yellow atop a red background.

Precisely like the flag of Communist Vietnam.

A recent poll has the communist candidate, a smiling young fellow who looks to be in his mid-30s, to be the front-runner in our mayoral contest. He’s part of a coalition that includes the Morena Party, which is the party that our demagogue president formed some years back because he kept losing elections when part of other leftist parties.

Morena means “brown woman.” How’s that for playing the race card?

At present, it seems we have no mayor at all. The fellow who has been mayor for years abandoned the job recently to run for a national post in Mexico’s congress, so City Hall is running on autopilot. That former mayor, a guy named Baéz, and for whom I voted, was the best mayor since I moved here decades back.

Previous mayors did nothing at all. They came into office and then they left. You never noticed that anything changed for better or for worse, but I imagine the mayors left office richer than when they arrived. Baéz, however, really got things done. He renovated downtown streets and sidewalks. He build a sports complex, a new City Hall, lots of things I viewed positively. He was always out and about. But now he’s gone.

To the national stage. Buena suerte.

Will the commie candidate win? Maybe. And if he does, will we return to mayors who do nothing? Probably. Better to do nothing than do what communists like to do. His campaign motto is: “Happiness that Transforms.” Cute, huh?


Selling stuff

Mexicans often offer things for sale without mentioning vital details, like price, but it’s worse than that. It’s common to see signs tacked up around town that say, for instance, House for Sale, and that’s it, aside from a phone number. There will be no address, no mention of two bedrooms or 10, nothing, just House for Sale and a phone number.

Except for large stores, especially chains, it’s also common to see retail items for sale that have no price attached. This is dumb, but it’s done so the seller can get a look at you first to decide how much he thinks he can get. Marketing studies have proven unequivocally that things — anything at all — sell faster with visible prices.

But the locals like to size up the buyer before revealing prices. It’s a bad tactic.

14 thoughts on “Commies & selling stuff

  1. Morena or moreno can describe many things, not solely a woman with darker skin. In this case, and because we Mexicans are fond of acronyms, it comes from the political party Movimiento Regeneracíon Nacional. I know you knew that. Playing the race card? That’s pure gringo nonsense. You just like to stir the pot.

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    1. Antonio: I disagree. I think AMLO named it that intentionally. The acronym came first. Then they used the letters to invent a name.

      It’s too blatant to be a coincidence.

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      1. Oh my! Blatantly what? Do you honestly believe the name was meant to appeal to dark-skinned people? You may have lived in this country for a number of years but when you make statements like that you just show how little you really know.

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        1. Antonio: Yes, that is precisely what I think. It’s always a good idea to keep in mind that, by definition, 50 percent of ANY population is below average in intelligence. Combine that with the fact that about 90 percent of Mexicans are moreno. Many will naturally feel that “it’s my party, the party of people like me.” Human nature, mi amigo. People are simple, even most of them with above average IQs.

          And it worked. AMLO pulled in about 70 percent of the votes on Election Day, if memory serves. His popularity has slipped quite a bit since then, but it sure helped to get him elected.

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  2. He came nowhere near 70%, just over 50%. And I actually find your whole premise offensive that we are such pendejos that we would vote in huge numbers for a party simply because we could indentify with a name that descibed our skin color. That is absolute garbage.

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    1. Antonio: My aging memory failed me. You are correct. It only seemed like 70 percent. (Where in the world did I get that figure?) It was about 53 percent, the internet tells me. But since he was running against not one but three others it was quite an accomplishment to win over 50 percent. And I don’t think — nor did I say — that everyone who voted for him did so because his party was named Morena. The party name just added to the warm, fuzzy feeling folks could have. “My people!” And the name was intentional, obviously.

      They voted for him for a variety of reasons. But it was a big mistake. I just hope he won’t manage to get the constitution changed so he can become a permanent president. Don’t think for a moment it’s not his intention.

      Now let us drop the subject, please. Remember that old truth: Nothing is more useless than arguing politics and religion.

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      1. There is a basis for that 70% figure, but not in ballots. When he was inaugurated, AMLO’s approval rating was in the 70s. It has dropped a little since then. But not by much. The polling shows his approval rating higher than the percentage of ballots he received almost three years ago. And that is amazing considering that Mexico entered the virus spread already in a recession — one that continues to worsen.

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  3. “size up the buyer before revealing prices”

    Ironic that this isn’t a tactic in a few of the towns I visited in various South American/Central American countries.

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  4. Apparently you are unaware of the saying in México for “size up the buyer before revealing prices”. Very commonly used. A much more colorful way of expressing that action.

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  5. As for selling, how about real estate prices? It seems like one, fairly common tactic is to list a piece of property for sale at a ridiculous price, and then just leave it up for years at a time without lowering the price when it doesn’t sell. There are properties like that in CDMX which have sat on propiedades.com or metroscubicos.com for years at a time, and they are clearly overpriced, but there they sit, hoping for a sucker some day. And how about the property I fantasized about in Zacatecas in 2014? That one sat on the market for a long time too, so long that the seller decided to up the price by 100K MXN. These examples defy all known facts about economics.

    Meanwhile, properly-priced properties sell in a normal amount of time — 3 to 6 months.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where I was tempted to point out to Antonio that much of U.S. politics runs on just the “race card” that he said Mexicans were too smart to fall for.

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    1. Kim: I have a theory about those properties that sit unsold for years and years. I might be mistaken (always possible) but I think the owners simply do not need the money, so they just let it sit and, as you say, wait for a sucker. There is a property just up the highway from our house that has had a For Sale sign on it since I moved here 21 years ago. I’ve heard that the owner lives in Zacatecas. He’s just waiting it out with his fingers crossed. Bet on it.

      And as for the raising of the price when something does not sell, yes, I have seen that too, not just in real estate. The owner of a large gym here in town, a few years back, was not pulling in the number of customers (i.e. money) he wished, so he raised the monthly payment for members and for new memberships too. Sometimes you just have to roll your eyes. I know the gym owner, and I pointed out the fallacy of his approach. Of course, he changed nothing.

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