It is already public knowledge of the discontent of the newsstands due to the shortage of packages of figurines of the world of Soccer Qatar 2022. Within this framework, different protests were carried out in front of the headquarters of panini, the company that owns the rights to the figurines and manufactures and distributes them to retailers. In fact, the complaint is based on transparency and marketing monopoly in favor of large supermarket chains and mobile applications, among other sales channels. Therefore, the National government made it official that he got into the conflict.
through the Secretary of Tradethe Executive Power met this Tuesday with representatives of the Union of kiosks (UKRA) and directors of Panini in order to “open a channel for dialogue” between the parties and “collaborate in the search for possible solutions”. From its possibilities, the area in charge of Matias Tombolini will make its legal and technical teams available, it was officially reported through social networks.
Results of the meeting convened by the Government
As a result of the summit, the Government, UKRA and the company that manufactures the figures for the next World Cup agreed to reach a solution to the problems of prices and product shortages as of October. The meeting sought to unblock the conflict and that from the first days of next month there is a sufficient number of figurines and albums on the market.
The intention is to cover the great demand that has been generated since they went on sale on August 24, according to NA. In this sense, the Secretary of Commerce of the Nation urged the parties to find a solution that makes the marketing chain transparent and the UKRA announced that it will present a proposal to the company, which will be analyzed both by the latter and by the Government.
UKRA First Vice President, Adrian Palacios, remarked that “it was a very positive meeting” and highlighted “the joint work between the newsstands, the State and the company to find a solution”, after the meeting ended. “All dialogue is positive. We want to find solutions to improve supply, so that kiosks throughout the country have the product and also regularize prices through official channels”, he added.
The conflict over the Qatar 2022 figurines
The conflict involves the Panini company and the kiosks, whose owners constantly complain about the lack of stock of the product and the prices. They blame the firm for favoring other sales channels such as service stations, delivery services, large companies and supermarkets, which have priority over the kiosk vendors, who have always marketed the product.
They also raised their complaint about the overprices that are paid, since there are envelopes of figurines for sale in the Internet market that are quoted between $300 and $500, more than double or triple the official price of $150. This occurs mainly in virtual stores such as Mercado Libre or Marketplace (Facebook), through which multiple virtual scams have already been reported.
Alert about a fake that went viral in the last hours
In the last hours, social networks and instant messaging platforms generated a stir after the viralization of a fake statement that pretended to be from the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic. It indicated that people who have recently purchased figurines from the Qatar 2022 World Cup will not be able to access the MEP Dollar or the Cash With Liquidation financial dollar. Quickly, the same was denied.