In 2017, Buenos Aires decided to turn over a new leaf and try and save the environment, one plastic bag at a time. And ever since the city banned plastic shopping bags from being distributed in supermarkets, the sales of of changuitos (individual shopping carts) has spiked.
Not only are changuitos more in demand by grocery shoppers of all ages, but the prices of these individual shopping carts has also risen. According to Sandra González, head of the Association of Defense of Consumers and Users, the prices have gone up more than 50 percent. Up until December, prices held around AR $200 and AR $250 but now prices tend to start at AR $350.
Before the new law came into effect within the city, most people buying changuitos were women between the ages of 25 and 45. But now, according to Cecilia Sonzini, owner of Violraviol, shopping carts are being sold to younger and younger shoppers.
The prices of the shopping carts vary, depending on the design and durability. The more economical models are imported from China and cost around AR $350 to AR $450. Others, made of stronger metal and have interior storage compartments can cost up to AR $1000, while the most expensive ones made out of steel can cost up to AR $1500.