Sticker Shock!

I’ve been in Buenos Aires for some time now, so I typically know what prices are and also know what to buy and what not to buy here. Unfortunately today I was thrown for a loop when I went to buy ink for my HP inkjet printer.

printer ink argentina costs 280x300 Sticker Shock!I walked up to the register with two black cartridges and two color cartridges (I hate running out). When the guy rang me up and told me the price I was pretty sure that I had heard him incorrectly. Over $1600 pesos!

That’s right, the HP 60XL black cartridge was $378.63 and the HP 60XL tri-color cartridge was $430.38! That’s a hundred dollars at the blue market rate and even more at the official rate. Desperately needing to print, I asked the cashier to put two of the cartridges back and then bent over… and pulled out my credit card to pay.

Forget smuggling in iPhones from the US to resell. The real money is in printer ink.

UPDATE: Not worthy of it’s own post, but I just had to buy 8 AAA rechargeable batteries as well and the cost was $280 pesos! That’s $33 at the blue market rate.

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8 Responses to Sticker Shock!

  1. springbyker August 20, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Do you have friends who can bring these from the US? Because I think they’re about $35 in the States, and they’re easy to transport!

    • DaVe August 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      Yes, it will be coming from the States next time!

  2. Janna Melissa August 28, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    I am coming to Buenos Aires Sept 18th if you would like we can arrange for me to bring some.

    I wanted to ask you… is it expensive to buy printer paper there? Worth bringing some of the heavy stuff in my suitcase there?

    I will be working remotely in BsAs….bringing my own lightweight HP printer, will be sure to bring more than enough cartridges for myself to use, wondering if it’s also worth bringing paper or if paper is cheap enough there.

    Thank you.

    • DaVe August 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

      Thanks for the offer! I have a few people coming from the States and they said they could bring ink for me already.

      Printer paper is not expensive here, so no worries on that side. Technology and imported items are what tend to be the most expensive.

      • Janna Melissa August 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

        Thank you for the information!

  3. Janna Melissa August 28, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Also is it easy to sell things like Iphones, Android phones, printers, and laptops there? I’m thinking about selling off some of my stuff before I leave and buying new when I get back….to lighten up my luggage and maybe profit a bit, if it makes sense :)

    • DaVe August 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

      They can definitely be sold here, but it is not as easy as it once was. The “dolar blue” rate makes things more expensive for locals, so marking up items and reselling will not make as much as it used to. You’ll definitely get more than you would in the States, but don’t plan on selling them for the new price – which is what you used to be able to do.

      • Janna Melissa August 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

        Thank you for the insight! That’s a good point…items in dollars are more expensive for locals now that the peso is worth less. Probably what I’ll do is just bring what I need, if I run into a pinch I might sell items as needed at or slightly below what I paid, just to make room in my luggage haha.

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