Skip to comments.Prices Fuel Outrage In Brazil, Home Of The $30 Cheese Pizza
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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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.
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
It is what happens when local manufacturing is protected and coddled.
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.
At the luggage check in Miami airport, you’ll see people heading south checking the most mundane household items, still in their original cartons.
It’s going to be interesting when the Olympics is held there.
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....
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. :-)
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.
Serious? Good to know!
Obamanomics is trying hard to bring such prices here.
Bom Dia! Não falo português muito bem.
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
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
What about stuff bought over the internet?...........
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.
Guess he's never heard of a home garden.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you gonna bring me back one ?
You can finance your trip there if you and your wife and children all take your IPADs with you and sell them when you get there
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.
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! :-)
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