Russians pay the “Impossible” Price
The Russian website Slon.ru (Russian language link, hat tip Russia! magazine) recently conducted a survey of IKEA prices, surveying the same list of 32 items in 28 different countries. It then rank-ordered the countries to see which one had the most expensive bill at checkout.
Vladimir Putin’s Russia came in at #3. Only two countries in the whole world are forced to pay more for IKEA home furnishings than Russia (Japan, where everything costs more, and Australia, where shipping costs are prohibitive, topped Russia).
Where are IKEA goods cheapest? The United States of America.
And let’s be clear: In recent months the Russian national currency has been soaring in value, which should make imported goods like those from Sweden’s IKEA much cheaper for Russians than in places where such is not occurring. Yet Russian’s don’t see any benefit from their inflated currency, and yet the still pay the horrible price of having domestic goods become much more expensive on world markets. Russia’s reputation for producing shoddy garbage makes such goods, of course, toxic poison among world consumers.
The reason Russians pay so much more is obvious: Corruption. Not long ago, IKEA was talking openly about pulling up stakes and leaving the Russian market entirely because of rampaging bribery and harassment from Russian officials. Such costs, of course, are passed along to consumers, right along with the stomach-churning costs of Russian inefficiency and laziness.
These are the predictable results of allowing your country to be ruled by the KGB. In our lead editorial, we show how the Putin regime has failed to come to grips with the devastating problem of maternal mortality in Russia, and at the other end of the spectrum Russians are being forced to pay far more than almost anybody else for basic consumer items imported from abroad. Their only alternative is shoddy domestic production of interest to nobody except suckers.
And let’s be clear: Russian people deserve no sympathy whatsoever for this dire plight, which they have brought upon themselves with their insane and irresponsible handing of power to a clan of KGB thugs. If Russians do not rouse themselves from their drunken national stupor but soon, they will once again see their nation collapse into a heap of fetid, humiliating failure.