In the Soviet Union, bribing government-employed sales clerks to avoid standing in line for scarce items, or just to find out when a shipment of oranges or imported Western shoes would be on sale, was established practice.

Should it be "would have been" here instead?


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No, it's correct as is.

It's the past form of "will be". "Would have been" is unreal past. This is not unreal.

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