How long does it take you to buy toothpaste?
For Venezuelans, this is a lengthy answer.
You have to account for the amount of people outside of the store.
Also, you have to take into consideration the day of the week in which the ending of your Venezuelan ID is allowed to purchase regulated goods, which varies according to the supermaket chain.
Thanks to a lack of in-country production and heavy government regulation of its market prices, basic products such as toothpaste, flour, diapers, butter, milk, rice, toilet paper and many others, are not easily available to the public.
How do Venezuelans cope with this and how does it affect their daily lives?
Starting this week, we explore this and many other experiences with scarcity in Venezuela on our new digital storytelling series.