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Prices Fuel Outrage In Brazil, Home Of The $30 Cheese Pizza
The New York Times ^ | July 23, 2013l | Simon Romero

Posted on 07/23/2013 9:08:25 AM PDT by Biggirl

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Shoppers here with a notion of what items cost abroad need to brace themselves when buying a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone: the same model that costs $615 in the United States is nearly double that in Brazil. An even bigger shock awaits parents needing a crib: the cheapest one at Tok & Stok costs over $440, more than six times the price of a similarly made item at Ikea in the United States.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brazil; cheesepizza; shoppers

1 posted on 07/23/2013 9:08:25 AM PDT by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl

I have a Brazilian friend who had been away for about ten years. He recently went home for a family gathering, and he did mention on his return that everything had gotten VERY expensive.


2 posted on 07/23/2013 9:09:27 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

You can finance your trip there if you and your wife and children all take your IPAD’s with you and sell them when you get there


3 posted on 07/23/2013 9:13:01 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Biggirl
When I worked at Japan, we had to send technical assistance to Argentina. Our guys came home with their head spinning about how they could buy a nice steak dinner for 500 yen (about 1/4th the cheap equivalent in Japan) but it cost them the same 500 yen (about 4 times the cheap equivalent in Japan) to buy a toothbrush.

It is what happens when local manufacturing is protected and coddled.

4 posted on 07/23/2013 9:13:17 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Biggirl

Our visiting foreign student from Russia just bought a Samsung Galaxy while she was here in the US. She said it was hundreds less than the same phone in Russia.

I have no idea why.


5 posted on 07/23/2013 9:15:16 AM PDT by married21
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To: Biggirl

At the luggage check in Miami airport, you’ll see people heading south checking the most mundane household items, still in their original cartons.


6 posted on 07/23/2013 9:21:53 AM PDT by Parmenio
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To: Biggirl

It’s going to be interesting when the Olympics is held there.


7 posted on 07/23/2013 9:25:02 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: Biggirl

I’ve been traveling regularly to Brazil for 12 years. It USED To be cheap.... no more.

I always used to stay at the Marriott near the airport in Sao Paulo. It was ~ $60 a night. Now? The LUNCH BUFFET cost $55 per person!

Another difference? 12 years ago, there were practically ZERO fat people in Brazil. Today? They almost look like Americans....


8 posted on 07/23/2013 9:33:33 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in governm<p>ent. If any were, business would hire them f)
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To: Mr. K

Cars cost 2-3X more down there too... I honestly don’t know how ANY affords them.

But, yea... IPADS would be a lot easier to take with you. :-)


9 posted on 07/23/2013 9:34:38 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in governm<p>ent. If any were, business would hire them f)
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To: Biggirl

I live in Brazil. It is bad enough with the Buchananite protective tariffs making a pair of Levi’s US$90, now we have inflation again. I HATE protectionism as much as I hate government encouraged inflation.


10 posted on 07/23/2013 9:36:27 AM PDT by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: Mr. K

Serious? Good to know!


11 posted on 07/23/2013 9:37:28 AM PDT by MSF BU (n)
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To: Clemenza
I trust you have established your own “global sourcing” group to supply you with reasonably priced goods..?
12 posted on 07/23/2013 9:47:17 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Biggirl

Obamanomics is trying hard to bring such prices here.


13 posted on 07/23/2013 9:50:46 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Clemenza

Bom Dia! Não falo português muito bem.


14 posted on 07/23/2013 9:51:24 AM PDT by windsorknot (>>>)
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To: Biggirl

It’s been that way for years regarding electronics and other goods in Brazil...very high prices.

And it has nothing to do with tariffs....as some of the Liberal Globalists have been claiming

Goods are cheaper in US because of our economy....more people can afford the products.....meaning more customers....the economy of scale allows companies to sell products cheaper in US

Brazil economy....contrary to Liberal “I Agree with Obama on Free Trade” Globalist....is still weak....most people cannot afford electronics and other goods...hence less of a market

Orlando’s International Drive is filled with Brazilian owned electronics shops for the sole purpose of Brasileros buying them and bringing the electronics home


15 posted on 07/23/2013 9:53:34 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Take a Stand, Take a Stand, Take a Stand Against The Black Ku Klux Klan)
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To: married21
I have no idea why.

I can answer that. Different business models. In Yirip and Russia, the consumer pays for the whole cost of the phone and the service is added on as needed.

In 'Murika the phone companies pay about 85% of the cost of the phone up front charging the consumer only 15% of what they have to pay the manufacturer and make up the difference in monthly service charges over the life of the contract. That's why it's better to pay less for the phone with a contract than to pay a lot not to have a contract since you don't get a monthly service discount if you pay full manufacturer cost of the phone

16 posted on 07/23/2013 9:56:37 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Clemenza

What about stuff bought over the internet?...........


17 posted on 07/23/2013 10:03:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: SeminoleCounty

You’re taking me back to my days selling electronics in a mall and being overrun with foreign tourists asking if we carried VCR’s in PAL format.


18 posted on 07/23/2013 10:05:39 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Biggirl
a graphic designer, was stunned after spending $92 one recent day on groceries like tomatoes, beans and bananas, only to glance at his receipt and discover that $25 of that was in taxes.

Guess he's never heard of a home garden.

19 posted on 07/23/2013 10:07:03 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Clemenza

you live in brazil right now?

What is causing this massive inflation?

I have been registered on ‘nanny’ (aupair) sites for the last 10 years to hire sitters and home care helpers for my children, and in the last 4 years have suddenly gotten TONS of emails from Brazil


20 posted on 07/23/2013 10:08:09 AM PDT by Mr. K (4 election)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Not really. It’s more like a combination of a high VAT and tariffs that hit imports at 100% of assessed value, even for components used fr manufacture in Brazil. While it is true that salaries are low relative to the cost of housing in the bigger cities, even Classes D and E are still buying goods on installment “interest free.” Between high tariffs, taxes, a real estate bubble and inflation (hidden and unhidden) you have a large consumer economy where the growth in disposable income, while significant , is masked by the high cost of goods.


21 posted on 07/23/2013 11:15:16 AM PDT by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: Mr. K

The currency was being held artificially low against the dollar for several years, and the Central Bank has been slowltly bowing to the inevitable as of late. As far as au pairs are concerned, local labor costs have gone up and affluent Brazilians would rather pay extra for an English-speaking nanny than take their chances locally.


22 posted on 07/23/2013 11:19:25 AM PDT by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: NativeSon

Yes, the Clemenza Importing Company of Miami International Airport. ;) Thankfully, they tend to check women more than men when you arrive at GRU with your luggage.


23 posted on 07/23/2013 11:33:09 AM PDT by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: Red Badger

Shipping to and from Brazil is prohibitively expensive with either FedEx or UPS. I tried to send some video games about two years ago to my wife’s cousin in Sao Paulo (when I was still stateside) and UPS would have charged me over $200.


24 posted on 07/23/2013 11:38:17 AM PDT by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: Clemenza

When you gonna bring me back one ?


25 posted on 07/23/2013 12:04:51 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Mr. K

You can finance your trip there if you and your wife and children all take your IPAD’s with you and sell them when you get there
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My friends bike shop (high end) sells at least 10 bikes a week to Brazilians .. there is a 100% import duty so a $2000 Specialized here is at least $4000 there ... bikes are bulky but lightweight and the extra charges from the airlines are minimal.


26 posted on 07/23/2013 1:25:12 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Red Badger

Amazon will NOT deliver to Brazil or Argentina...

FOr one thing, the delivery guys CANNOT leave packages at the door.... they don’t *stay* there! :-)


27 posted on 07/24/2013 5:57:19 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in governm<p>ent. If any were, business would hire them f)
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