Deficit was Soviet trade’s main term

Deficit was Soviet trade’s main term

September 11, 2023

Deficit is a shortage of some, sometimes the simplest, products and everyday goods. It depended on the region and its supply. By the end of the 1970s, the shortage reached Norilsk.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Against the general background, the city was an island of prosperity. But here, too, the authorities had to introduce restrictions on the quantity of some goods sold per person.

For example, in 1979, in Norilsk, temporary supply standards were introduced for washing powder – no more than ten packs per buyer, toilet soap – no more than five pieces, bed linen – two sets, cotton fabrics – 12 meters.

The norms, however, were not the smallest, and no one stopped Norilsk residents from buying the same goods in other stores, but they could not be found everywhere.

Temporary norms for the goods release were also seasonal. For example, from August to October, during the rush before the school year start, restrictions were introduced on the most popular stationery: student notebooks – no more than 30 pieces per person, general notebooks – ten pieces, ballpoint pens – three pieces.

In previous History Spot photo project publication, we told you that the Norilsk mass media of Soviet times also had trade advertising, often in the form of culinary recipes.

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By the end of the 1970s, against the general background, Norilsk was an island of prosperity

September 11, 2023

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