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In the Buenos Aires subway and most of the transports there is a species that can be as creative as it is desopilating: street vendors.

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In the fauna of Buenos Aires, there is a species that can be as creative as it is desopilating: street vendors. They move, mainly, on the subway. And by means of transport.  They have as much variety of resources as of products .

 Biromes , goodies, nylon stockings, sewing sets,  selfie sticks , brooches, avocados: the offer is endless and sometimes — it must be said — quite tempting. But if the multiplicity of options is striking, the more so  are the arts used by sellers .

There is  the one who offers combos : he sells you one birome, but he gives you another, and adds a notebook and an eraser. Others have an impressive  level of accuracy  to compare their prices with those of retailers: the same product that you get between $22.50 and $27.35, they have two for $20. Then there is  the transparent , the one who swears and swears that the alfajor or cereal bar that you are selling has the expiration date printed on the package. And he insists: we can check it out.

There are also those who  find a specific purpose  to what they are offering: “for gift, for gift” or “for the lady's wallet and the gentleman's pocket.”  Others leave their product on your skirt , without you asking for it and without you noticing it. And then they drop it off if the temptation wasn't strong enough for you to buy it. Finally, there is  the one who rejoices the trip : the one who — stereo at the shoulder — sells you a CD with 2000 hooked music. And you miss a few moves and you get off the subway humming short.

Publication Date: 19/04/2018

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