Saturday, October 9, 2010
Black Market Goods
I used to shop at a cut rate bodega that offered discounts on all the name brand goods. I'd load up on toothpaste, mouthwash, detergent, and sunscreen. They all seemed to work okay, until the summer I applied the sunscreen at the beach. It would not rub in no matter how hard I tried, and even after applying most of the bottle I went home with a red sheen. I complained to a few people, and a friend told me he'd heard that the particular bodega where I happen to score great deals sells expired products, snuck across the border from Canada and knock-off products made overseas. I guess I always thought shopping on the black market would be a lot cooler. I expected to be able to go there and buy machine guns and rocket launchers. Not sunscreen that doesn't work.