In order to ignore the discussion about whether the USSR was socialist at first, because the questioner probably wants to know what it was like in the Eastern Bloc.
Basic foods were cheap from what I heard, especially bread.
The availability of goods was always dependent on place and time.
The bakeries then baked everything and the bread is either sold there or taken somewhere centrally and then distributed.In the villages there was always a “bread cart” and if you missed it… yes stupid.
In the USSR, a body of bread is said to have cost about 10 kopeks.There were, of course, different variations of bread made from different ingredients that might have tasted sweeter or had seeds and flower grains on them.
There was a ranking of priorities according to which the places were supplied.Instead of trading money, everything was delivered directly or collected in a central location and then taken anywhere.
The first priority was always the capital, Moscow.If a revolt is initiated, Moscow is relatively safe. Also the city was always supplied, cleared of snow, the trains ran continuously, etc. In Moscow lived party members, the bureaucrats who keep it all going, and other specialists and other workers.
Second on the list are all the major cities, such as Leningrad and Kiev and the entire republic capitals.Then came the small towns and finally the villages. In the villages and small towns, however, one has also often cultivated about the course of time.
There were always shops for bread, for “everything from the sea” and for dairy products.You had to go to these one by one to buy something. In addition to this single Universam, there was what comes closest to the western supermarket. I think there were two of them in Kiev.
In the shops themselves you had to see that the bread is fresh.The bread is delivered warm and fresh directly from the bakery and these are not packed. You have to take the net you have often used for shopping or a basket or similar.
For the rest, you had to get up earlier.A lot of things were either in bulk because a new delivery arrived or not at all because no new delivery arrived. Bananas are said to have been sought after, because none of the Eastern Bloc countries could really grow bananas. If the USSR once had money left over and bought a load of bananas from some South American or African country, then if you lived in the country you could order some.
The art in a Soviet shop was not to offer the products, but to make the shelves look full.You then stack them nicely or arrange them in a pattern so that it looks like there is more on a shelf with three or four products than it actually does.
Everything you could grow on the northern latitudes was mostly in surplus.Despite the droughts, there has never been a famine in the USSR since 1946. The need for basic food stuff has been prioritised and always met.
Bread was always essential.Especially rye bread. Khrushchev tried corn but the cornbread always got hard too fast.
For the first time since the thaw, there were drinks vending machines with Pepsi and Limo.
Pepsi is said to have cost about 20 kopeks for a 0.33l bottle, which is quite a lot.There was always vodka at quite cheap prices. After all, it is also a staple food.
You know Stolichnaya.
There were different cigarette brands, including from a foothill in Marlboro, Moldova.
Household objects were mostly from the remains that were not used for the militaristic-industrial complex.That’s why Soviet toasters were virtually indestructible, because they were mostly made in the same factories that also make tanks.
This is what I know about “socialism”, “state capitalism”, “state socialism”, “real socialism”, “increasingly abstract abstraction of Marxism” or whatever you always call it.
There is no “buy” in communism.You just get it when you need or want something. It is simply a postmodern humanist society after scarcity. In which man is not restricted by material superficialities or goods. Because you can solve visible problems that you already know, unlike things that exceed science.
The idea that scarcity will exist into the millions of years or into eternity is absurd.Likewise, 500 years ago, people who have the same approach as today’s scarcity advocates thought, “Hunger will always exist! It exists today!”.
Stone Age people also had an abundance of natural resources and foods such as berries and game.Just dangerous game.
Malthus wasn’t right either, as you can see.The world’s population is no longer growing exponentially, as he has claimed. Nor with its “lack of space to grow”. Such ignore both science and technology.
The Earth could provide so many more people if used optimally.