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Haiti has become just that for Cuban merchants. Cubans, in the region's only communist country with a still mostly state-led economy, face very high prices and not much selection at all.So at the Hippolyte street market in Haiti's capital, vendors amid piles of clothing and shoes call out in Spanish trolling for their likely clients: Cubans on short shopping trips. At home in Cienfuegos, southeast of Havana, the 39-year-old was on his third trip to Port-au-Prince. He never stays as long as a week, and his shopping missions are carried out with almost military precision, in this one small area of Haiti.Just as many American or other western shoppers might be interested in outlets, or online bargains, some Cubans struggling to make ends meet in their country's devastated economy are finding it ever more worthwhile to pop over to Haiti to stock up.
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