United States shoppers, in the quest of cheap meat, are discovering that inflation is just following them around.
MV INT Beef in packing station
SV Man checking cattle through pen (2 shots)
GV and SCU US cars and numberplate near packing station (2 shots)
CU US buyer speaking
CU meat being cut
GV Women shopping in supermarket
CU meat products (2 shots)
CU US buyer speaking
SV Mexican customer watching meet being weighed
CU Mexican speaking
GV Cars at border checkpoint
MV zoom out to GV Border crossing point
First American: "We heard that the prices were substantially lower then in the States right now. So we're going to check out the beef to see how it is."
Second American: "When my family first found out we were interested in coming down (they said) 'Oh, no, Tijuana beef.' But within a couple of times -- a couple of meals -- of Tijuana beef, their comment was: 'Gee, this Tijuana beef is as good or better then that in the States.'"
Question: "And yet you're paying much less?
Second American: "Yes."
Mexican Man: "Mexican wages are not in the same level as Californian.
Question: "Are people bitter abut it down here?"
Mexican man: "No they're not bitter, but they are beginning to sense the drift because you can hear conversations between them: 'You've got to get there early or else you're not going to get any.'"
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Background: United States shoppers, in the quest of cheap meat, are discovering that inflation is just following them around. In recent weeks, there has been a fleed of Americans crossing the border into Mexico at Tijuans with the object of buying the cheaper beef on sale there.
The result has been a rapid rise in Tijuana been prices. And the mexicans, net having a convenient border that they can cross in order to buy cheaper meat, are understandably worried to find themselves being priced out of the market.
But meantime the American demand for Tijuana beef is likely to increase. Beef prices in the United States are currently frozen. But when the freeze is lifted on September 12, prices are expected to sear even higher.