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Sticker shortage calls gov attention in Argentina

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSBuenos Aires - 24 September 2022.1. Qatar 2022 World Cup sticker collectors gather to buy and trade stickersTITLE: STICKER SHORTAGE CALLS GOV ATTENTION IN ARGENTINA2. Boy thumbing through a Qatar 2022 sticker albumANNOTATION: Argentina's government has joined the dispute between shop owners and manufacturers of Qatar 2022 World Cup sticker albums.3. Boy sticks Brazil's Fred sticker into album4. Boxes with Qatar 2022 card games5. Sticker collectors trading at Rivadavia SquareANNOTATION: Football fans have struggled to find the collectible stickers two months before the tournament kicks off.6. Collector handles stickers7. Boy wearing Lionel Messi replica shirt trades stickers8. Various of Argentina team stickers in file folderANNOTATION: The albums and stickers went on sale on August 24 but quickly disappeared from stores.9. Collector trades stickers with a father and sonANNOTATION: In the Parque Rivadavia in Buenos Aires, collectors meet on Saturdays to exchange or buy the increasingly scarce stickers.10. Person with stickers and a makeshift list with stickers' numbers and names11. Envelopes and albumsANNOTATION: Some of the traders in the park managed to gather stock to sell, although they also suffered from shortages during the first month since the album's release.12. Woman buying stickers13. Stand owner selling World Cup stickers14. Street kioskANNOTATION: Shop owners blame manufacturers for betraying them by selling the stickers to supermarkets and gas stations.15. Handmade notice made by kiosk owner that reads (Spanish): "We don't have World Cup stickers or albums."16. Notice on kiosk window that reads (Spanish): "We don't have World Cup stickers or albums."ANNOTATION: Argentina Trade Department sat the sticker manufacturer and kiosk owners at the same table last week.17. Lionel Messi stickerANNOTATION: During the meeting, the company promised to increase the number of stickers for sale.STORYLINEArgentina's government has joined the dispute between shop owners and the local manufacturers of popular but scarce Qatar 2022 World Cup sticker albums.Football fans in the South American nation have struggled to find the collectible stickers two months before the tournament kicks off.In the Parque Rivadavia in Buenos Aires, collectors meet on Saturdays to exchange or buy the increasingly scarce stickers.Some of the traders in the park managed to gather stock to sell, although they also suffered from shortages during the first month since the album's release.Argentina's trade department convened a meeting on Tuesday with representatives of New Rita, the company which owns the rights for sticker manufacturer Panini's products in the country, and members of the nation's union of shop owners.Shop owners blame the company for the scarcity of the stickers and argue that it is hampering a tradition allowing supermarkets, gas stations and apps to sell Panini's products.They also complain that the official price of 150 pesos ($1 US dollar) for each five-sticker pack is not being respected by local distributors.The albums and stickers went on sale on August 24, but quickly disappeared from stores, which fans initially attributed to the company's marketing strategy.New Rita denied that though and have promised to increase the number of stickers for sale.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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