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Old 03-01-2005, 10:42 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My local news did a story on this. Since I breastfed my son I don't understand the appeal of buying blackmarket formula? Is there really such a big market for people buying illegal formula? Don't they (people who buy illegal formula) get coupons to so they could buy it legal?

Here is the local news story:
http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-67...dlines-topnews

They are thinking the people who selling this may have been using the money to fund terrorism, so I understand what the seller is getting out it. Anyone have any input?
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I am not certain what type of formula it was (liquid or powder). I do know they use powder formula to mix with drugs (cocaine).

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Is there really such a big market for people buying illegal formula? Don't they (people who buy illegal formula) get coupons to so they could buy it legal?
Formula can be terribly expensive. If you have little to no money and can buy something you need for 25-50% of the cost, you're probably going to at least consider it if given the option.

 

 

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scratching my head here.....
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$25 for a 26 oz package? Wow.
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Stolen formula is not a new thing. Retailers have kept limited quantities on shelves so large amounts can't be stolen at one time.

Maybe if they advertised less, gave away none, priced closer to what it costs to make they would reduce the incentive to steal it/buy it cheaper??
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Maybe if they advertised less, gave away none, priced closer to what it costs to make they would reduce the incentive to steal it/buy it cheaper??
What is it, 22 cents on the dollar that actually goes to costs of producing formula (including shipping)--- the rest is advertising & proffit.

 

 

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