74 thoughts on “Soviet Trade System”

  1. hehe, during cominism we had the same situation in polish stores, same queues, same lack of goods. funny thing, it was also because of the russian government which had enormous influance on our comunist government.

    bad times for everyone, fortunetly they are gone 😉

  2. These wer great times! ! ! Peoples queue nicely and orderly ! ! !Everybody was the same and nobody was driving expensive show of car.i think we need this again ! ! ! ! !nice and orderly country feared by the world.we NASHI are prepring the new leaders of the NEW RUSSIA ! ! ! ! ! !
    the world is our enemy now,peoples united again like in history time, like on pictures ! ! ! !russia unite! ! ! ! !

    • “I” second your opinion,Zafarad! ! ! ! ! !.Nashis are the future of future new world order.they(nashis)are the best breed of Russian youths.i must say”today`s nashi,tomorrow`s Putin”.we love Putin`s youth for the good of all Russian nation.I hope Russians will again rise and able to help depress nations.Putin! we are ready for your “next” order.

    • Hey,Political.i am still try to understand,what is you trying to point out.so many words can`t justify wrong ideas! ! ! ! ! ! ! !.you claiming that you are “liberal democrat” right! ! ! ! !but you don`t tolerate “other type of opinions”, what is your “democratic values”?????????suppress difference of opinions! ! ! ! ! !.If you remembered that constitution of CCCP was granted freedom of organising “political parties”,freedom of association and freedom of being members of these “independent parties”.now you may ask question about that rights never ever practically exercise by single citizen of CCCP,answer is that the Soviet system was so democratic and free to all citizens,so until the end of Soviet era,there is no “single person” needs that kind of so called “Western luxuries” in CCCP! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    • Actually I correct myself.even today peoples have “democratic” right to “organise” but no body does,why??1?!?because you spent time in labor camp when exersice your “”right”!! ! like in old soviet times! ! ! things wer simpl then PARTY was right always and you were dust only! ! ! !
      it is good to know you place and you future, is bleak ! ! !people like that, beats uncertain future always! ! ! ! is not boring no! ! ! is kuality good time? ! ! !

      • Oh,”i” forget something more to say ! ! ! ! ! !.actually the soviet concentration system or in somebody`s words”forced labours camps” was the greatest ever “welfare” system in the world.free food,free cloths and free from all daily bad media reports about the crash of stock markets were the best advantages of these socialist “training” centers.after the “successful” training one can join any state own enterprise for the good of peoples paradise CCCP ! ! ! ! ! ! !.(despite according to some statistics,one in “million” is actually successful complete his “training” from these correction facilities! ! ! ! ! ! !.R I P! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    • I think at least all huge and big “super stores” were located near by the “tourist attractions”.to show the “official” face of the Soviet union! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !.i like pic No,50 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! what an expression of “retired labour hero” ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  3. Lol, waiting long time for a bit of chljeb.(bread).

    For the tv’s: statistiscally, 1 of 3 tv’s was total malfunctional in the 80’s. There were even special shops for returning malfunctional apparatsjik. Such a shop can still be found in Pripyat, UA. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/2191793

    Look how much males were drunk, even not being in a VINO shop.

    • “Dom Byta” (consumer services centre), wasn’t special shop for returning TV’s. AFAIR, there was a variety of services, including TV-repair-shop.

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  6. Notice the some people are holding small pieces of paper in their hands: those are coupons. You could not buy groceries unless you had coupons for what you wanted to buy. Of course you needed to pay money too.

    You would get an uncut sheet of coupons from your employer, but people exchanged them aswell; you’d give your vodka coupons to the winos in exchange of milk coupons for your children.

    This is of course all in the end of the Soviet era — they didn’t have these supply and demand problems in the 60’s or 70’s.

    • I just wanted to ask if these pictures were taken in the late eighties, when – as far as I know – the Soviet Union suffered severe lack of food in the stores.

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  8. no. those are not coupons those are ‘checks’ from ‘kassa’. in soviets shops to buy something you should pass two or three lines first.
    fist line to weigh something (food) to khow exact ammount of money to pay.
    second line to kassa to pay and to get ‘check’
    third line to exchange your ‘check’ for your merchandise

    but all you said about coupons is very true.

  9. Wow! ! ! ! !these “lovely” pics again reminds me “golden era”of peoples rule.what a good time we enjoyed.specially i prefer “store No,13” to shopping.their nice and cool staff was very hospitable.every thing was stocked in huge quantities,like No,13 shoes,beautiful posters of delicious foods,very warm cloths in extremely hot weathers,ice making machines in sub zero temps,cloths for all peoples in just one size No,13.in auto section huge piles of spare pars of future cars of Soviet peoples.i have very long list of my beloved “Soviet time”.one can`t deny the “positive” aspects of controlled economic system! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  10. The pictures are, indeed, incredibly bleak.

    I had to laugh – the picture 28 shows the same nightstand lamp I found while cleaning in the attic of my wife granny´s weekend house. It was still in the original box, never used. I guess it must have been one of the two types of the lamps manufactured in USSR :-D.
    I also found VEF 206, a transistor radio. It had two marks engraved on its scale, one marked SE (Radio Free Europe), the other HA (Voice of America).
    I binned the two Soviet reminders of bad old times together with the rest of the trash.

  11. oh Man its scary, here in Venezuela we are heading in the same direction with Chavez socialism, everytime people complain more and more because some goods are lacking and sometimes people has to do queus to get milk! and some restrictions like 2 milks only per person

    • I wish more Americans would read what you two just wrote. I am 46 years old, and in my lifetime I have watched the government, both local and Federal, begin to restrict certain types of speech, adopt openly anti-religious attitudes and laws, pass laws to limit personal freedoms, and more. Two years ago, our Supreme Court said it is “OK” for the government to take a person’s land and give it to someone else, if the recipient will generate more taxes for the government. Even now, they are talking about making a state-run health care system, and about increasing taxes on people who work in order to give the money to those who don’t (or won’t).

      History has shown over and over, in many places, that socialism and Communism don’t work to the benefit of the people. And yet, they keep trying – because it’s all about control.

      Wake up, America! Before it’s too late.

      • and then we (usa) got our wish come true!! obama, with everything free to everyone right? take from rich and give to poor! sound familiar to you in russia? didn’t work so good did it? well the ones who voted him in are mostly crying now. the ones smart enough to see the mess he created!

  12. Either I’m nostalgic or have a good memory,but this isn’t just Soviet Russia. This for the most part looks just like Poland late 70s early 80s. Those long lines could be people waiting for the shipment of washing machines or new electric meat grinders to arrive or even toilet paper.

  13. I grew up in the 80’s in New Zealand. It was nothing like this. We went on big yachts drove around in BMWs and ate shark fins at school. Look how ugly these poor people look.

  14. Мы славу партии поем любимой и родной,
    За то что так прекрасно правит нашею страной,
    За хлеб, за воду, за свободу, за счастливый труд,
    Советские ракеты всех буржуев в пыль сотрут!

  15. It is not necessary to defecate to people in brains! There was a great country and there lived people well. And now it is not bad! 🙂 It is our history and it is not necessary to blacken all!

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  17. I have a question, starting with Perestroika, were there eased restrictions on farmers and people selling and bartering amongst themselves without the state interfering? I see photos from 89-92 that look like farmer’s produce markets from anywhere else in the world, with a good selection of vegetables being sold.

    • Just the same, our (western) stores are closing everyday, companies go broke, they stop selling things, people lose jobs and their homes and go hungry… hard times hit every city county or country, regardless of economic system. These photos are being used as propaganda against communism today, though some of the (more flattering) pics were probably propaganda for communism 30 years ago.

      The US was the most powerful country in the world since 1900, and used it’s power to dominate global markets. The USSR and many other countries rebelled against Western power over markets and trade, and were therefore cut off from Western dominated (most markets of the world). This gave the communist countries a distinct disadvantage in ever achieving the prosperity of the western powers that controlled resources and trade throughout the world. This rebellion against Western trade domination also gave the Western powers (who wanted and still want to control all world trade and resources) reason to work against the communist nations, economically and militarily. USSR and it’s allies were always at a disadvantage and eventually had nothing left to sustain their rebellion against the western empire. The USSR as a communist nation did not amount to much more than a 3rd world country, but if it had submitted to Western rule, it would have been no better off, and would merely have been a nation of exploited people, like those in South America, Africa and most of Asia.

      To compare supermarkets of the USSR with supermarkets of the rich and powerful western powers is not a fair or honest comparison. How about someone shows us the supermarkets of the third world countries that were acquiescent to Western domination during the 50s-80s. I’m sure they won’t be much different from these Soviet era Russian pictures, and in many cases would be worse, or far worse. Even the bastion of capitalism itself, the USA, has unending pictures of people in hard times, standing in queues waiting for food, for welfare checks, for medical assistance, stores with empty shelves, cities without power and transport at a standstill. It happens, everywhere, from time to time.

      The leaders of USA used to call the USSR “the evil empire”, but I say that USA was also (and still is) an evil empire, it just happened to be a richer and more powerful evil empire, and therefore “capitalism” prevailed and “communism” failed.

      Both economic systems fail, though – the proof is in 3rd world countries all over the world (where most of the world’s population dwell, exploited by capitalist and communist countries alike throughout the 20th century) where ten year old kids are:
      going hungry continuously, sometimes starving to death,
      enslaved in sweatshops,
      and sometimes carrying machine guns when they leave their decrepit homes because the threat of violence is so high.

      Without that exploitation of the third world, the capitalist system would fall flat on it’s face, which is ample evidence that the Soviet experiment, while a failure, was a requisite attempt to rid the world, or at least it’s own sphere, of the dominance of Western powers on global resources and markets. A time will come when enough people see this truth and the true nature of the Western gang’s means of controlling the world for the benefit of the very few at the expense of nearly every human being alive, and will rebel (hopefully politically, not violently) against that system of control, yet again. And maybe someday such a revolution will succeed, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. There have been numerous successes on this front already, where Western attempts at exploitation have been shunted, but the so-called capitalists never stop thinking of new ways to exploit. http://tinyurl.com/64wwge

      • Like your comments………..a real positive thinker at last! Theres enough food in this world to fill every belly if we all shared. Greed is a weapon of mass destruction.

  18. Tender spot hurting a lot? Other side too? bruises on your face and body throbbing? Is that blood running out your nose, skirt above your head in the wind, panties torn and soiled, titties swelling and turning blue by the minute, lost on the roadside, hoping not to die? Did you recognize the tail lights of the limo that threw you off? Was it the same limo that picked you up at election time, promising a good decent clean ride? Will you ever learn? Last time these guys did this to you, your babies were killed in Iraq and your retirement fund spent to do it, your taxes went up, you did not get destroyed by the weapons of mass destruction, they were never found. Poor little America. Our heart-felt prayers from Canada go out to you!

  19. I was born in Siberia in 1979 i was growing in socialism….that was not so bad….. u know some things were very bad (like no freedom) but some things were really great – like no criminal, no unimploiment, all were in equal position….. It would be best society if we get best parts of capitalism and socialism…… ) luv and peace 2 every1

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  21. The lack of goods had been arranged by government in purposes to get a reason to change a political system in USSR from Socialism to Kapitalism. It was a trivial betrayal.

  22. I had a history professor who told us about his visit to East Germany. He said folks were lined up around the block to get a scoop of ice cream — and vanilla was the only flavor!

  23. Hi,

    Liberals claim that, following the collapse of Soviet Empire, capitalism brought wealth and richness. So, everybody is happy, no more lines, and so.

    That’s not true.

    Yes, after experiencing chaos in post-Soviet era, our incomes have been raised, but little bit. Comparing how much the Russian oligarks gain, what we have is nothing! So, in Russia, the name of the system has changed, but the rest is the same!!!

    So, please be my guest and get here and see lines in front of each store 🙂 Typically russian 🙂

    With regards,

    Natash

  24. “The US was the most powerful country in the world since 1900, and used it’s power to dominate global markets. The USSR and many other countries rebelled against Western power over markets and trade, and were therefore cut off from Western dominated (most markets of the world). This gave the communist countries a distinct disadvantage in ever achieving the prosperity of the western powers that controlled resources and trade throughout the world. This rebellion against Western trade domination also gave the Western powers (who wanted and still want to control all world trade and resources) reason to work against the communist nations, economically and militarily. USSR and it’s allies were always at a disadvantage and eventually had nothing left to sustain their rebellion against the western empire.”
    I can’t see how being cut-off from trade with the west would cause communism to fail, back in the early 80s on third of the worlds population lived in communist states. If the system worked there should have been sufficient trade between fellow communist nations to keep the economy growing but there wasn’t.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism#Growth_of_modern_communism

    Communism is a well intentioned but silly idea as it’s impossible to distribute wealth equally between everyone and what’s worse is that removes any incentive for people to better themselves which is why the Soviet system collapsed.

    “2oh Man its scary, here in Venezuela we are heading in the same direction with Chavez socialism, everytime people complain more and more because some goods are lacking and sometimes people has to do queus to get milk! and some restrictions like 2 milks only per person”

    Don’t put up with it.

    I hope you’ve learned from this site about how bad communism is, protest get help from the US, who hate communism like cancer because if you don’t you’ll end up like Cuba.

  25. I’d rather live in Cuba or Soviet Union than America. America is the cancer that is killing the western world.
    The biggest problem that communism has is America hating it.

  26. So, is the capitalism better than socialism ?
    I never lived on America or USSR, I’m brazilian. Why America open your doors for China ? Because the China works for America ! Why is not America down dictators of Africa ? Because he will continue to give her OIL to America. This is America.

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  28. germanych bears a grudge against the Soviet Power. Being a representative of the Soviet elite, he had a misfortune of being hooked on the fascist images and, ultimately, ideas. He was strictly punished for it, but ever since the anti-Soviet worm has been eating him out. This makes him slander and lie against the USSR, despite there are millions of witnesses of that epoch. His “documentarism” is utter put-up fabrication. I have lived in the USSR in his time, and I can say that goods were plenty, life was happy and meaningful, aspirations were lofty.

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