Argentina Customs Taxes On Electronics
Getting home theater equipment in Argentina is not easy. The prices are insane. If you plan on watching anything larger than a 30 inch TV, forget about buying your TV there – unless you like being ripped off. Retail price for a 50” Marantz Plasma TV:
- Argentina: $11,990 (Wullich Audo Video)
- USA: $7999 (Wild West Electronics)
- Difference: $3991 (50%)
- Customs Tax On Electronics: 50% (recently sent a digital camera to a friend and found this out the hard way)
- Coincidence? I think not.
What’s the moral of this story? If you want nice electronics, buy them BEFORE you go to Argentina and take them with you. From what I understand from the moving companies, if you take things with you in a big 20-ft container and declare that they are your own personal property, you don’t have to pay customs tax on bringing them into the country. Of course, if you bought the TV outside of the country and just had them ship it individually (without other household goods) into the country, they would probably nail you for the 50% customs tax.
I’ve never been too sympathetic to all the anti-globalization protesters, but things like this just further prove my point. Its times like these that you have to say… countries without free trade suck. Despite all the problems with US foreign policy, promoting free trade around the world is not one of them.
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