A clarification about my last post above & some more details:
Regarding that %60.
Roughly speaking, if the on-line cost is $100... then you add %60 of the $100 and add it on top giving you the total of = $160 (or more - depending on the type of item)
The other little nasty I found out was that when you bring something into the country in your luggage or via international couriers, lets say in this case you bring a laptop with you... by law the laptop has to have been owned by you for at least a year for it to be free from the %60 import tax.
So, even if you put stickers on it & try to make it look old... they can still nail you with this. Thanks Tangobob for your feedback, you make a good point saying to see if it's available locally, and I wish this was the case but the particular laptop that I want is not available anywhere in this country. I asked every single shop in Jardin & so far no one there will ship it in for me. I'm waiting on the official Asus suppliers & two other dealers to get back to me on it as well.
For those who may want to know I'm looking for an ASUS G50VT-A1 NOTEBOOK with NVIDIA 9800M video. This is a beautiful system & it goes for roughly $1600 on ebay, plus around $120 delivery to Argentina.
I'm a laptop technician & data recovery specialist & I know why I want to buy this system. But to buy it on ebay I would have to pay US $1600 plus U$ $960 (%60 tax) + Courier $120.... total= U$ $2680 Just in cas
Just in case anyone else is deciding on buying, I've been doing a bit of research on two more items I'm wanting to get as well... and yes I can get them locally but:
1. Ultra portable Notebook/netbook.. Asus eee pc 1000ha - on Ebay it goes for US $388 + delivery $80. This is a fav little portable that can run 5 to 7 hours on it's battery, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something with decent power, decent keyboard & good sound. It sells for US $640 here in BA.
2. Mobile phone with DVD quality video recording abilty along with GPS & 8megapixels inbuilt cam - Samsung i8510 Innov8 16GB QuadBand 8MP Camera GPS. It pulls excellent reviews from consumer surveys... this one kills the nokia N96 in price & specs...going for around US $600 plus $45 delivery.... selling in BA for US $1090 plus delivery.
I'm just sharing info for those who may be in my position cause I usually like to upgrade my gear at this time of the year.
Thanks LivingLarge for the skybox link, I'm in the middle of checking it out & good point about going to the US to shop, I'm from OZ but I can go there too.
And thanks Mikaela, sorry to hear what they did. I'll see what else can be done & I'll post here if I have any successes! Thanks.
Lastly, I don't mean to complain... there are so many plusses living in Argentina too, but we have our days sometimes when we adapting to a new country don't we all?
And thanks for all your feed back! Very glad this site exists!