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iPhone 4 in Demand

I’ve previously posted some interesting Craigslist ads on my blog, but this may be one of the craziest so far:

Cambio sexo por Iphone 4
Soy una joven argentina bonita, sensual, educada, elegante, open minded y bilingue. Me robaron el telefono celular y lo necesito para trabajar. Ofrezco XX cantidad de horas de sexo a cambio de un Iphone 4. I look forward to hearing from you!

Run that through Google translate if your Spanish is not so good, and you ‘ll be able to see that this is a girl who really needs an iPhone 4. The thing is, I’m not sure who is getting the better deal with this trade. A new iPhone 4 is over U$S 900 in Buenos Aires, and I wouldn’t think the services she is offering would be that comparable.

Also, how does this deal get arranged? Does she get the iPhone 4 first or after? Does she want new or used? Hmmm… Hopefully this was just a joke, but it certainly doesn’t look like it.

Gives new meaning to “comes with FaceTime.”

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Enterprising Expats

I had previously written about a number of enterprising expats who have started successful business in Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires Delivery, El Tejano, etc.) but one recent Cragislist Buenos Aires ad really caught my eye:

420 – $150 (buenos aires)
Date: 2010-10-15, 2:32PM ART

4.20
delivery
other stuff as well

peace

Well, we have to give this guy credit for originality and openness. Obviously he is relying on the fact that 420 is probably only known to English speakers and the fact the Craigslist does not really have a tremendous amount of traffic here, plus he offers delivery and “other stuff as well.” (Guessing you have to mail him for info on the “other stuff.”)

Who knows, maybe he’ll see a lot of success and I’m sure the pay is better than teaching English.

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Don’t know 420? Get in the know.

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Craigslist Buenos Aires

Craigslist Buenos Aires is not yet as big and popular as its American counterparts.  Aside from the short-term apartment rentals section, the other areas only have a couple of posts per day.  Still, it is growing rapidly and as such, the wackiness of the Craigslist stateside version is starting to make its way to Buenos Aires as well.

Check out this listing from yesterday:

One slightly used Kidney for sale – $130 (Arranged for Argentina)
Date: 2010-08-10, 8:13PM ART

Hello I am a retired U.S. Army soldier who served in the Vietnam War. I am in need of money so I can pay off my Mortgage and not be pushed to the street by the Bank. It would not be good for my wife or 2 young boys to live in the street. That is why I am selling one kidney for $130,000.00 United States Dollars. You pay the medical bills if you need the kidney and you pay me for the Kidney. Have your medical doctor contact me directly to make the arrangements.

While I’m pretty sure the sale of human organs would also be prohibited in Argentina as it is in the States, one can only hope this post is a joke.  I’m not sure what “Arranged for Argentina” means either.

Ok, back to looking for used appliances…

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Disappointed #2

BMW DakarWhile selling most of your worldy possessions can be a very freeing experience, I have to say that I did have one other disappointment about deciding to make the move to BsAs.  That disappointment was having to sell my bike. It was a 2006 BMW Dakar F650 GS and only had 3000 miles on it. It was a great bike for commuting around NYC and a lot of run to ride. Unfortunately, the option of moving it with me was out of the question due to the ridiculously high shipping and import taxes I would have had to pay. And, just storing it meant that all it would do is depreciate in value, so I put it up on eBay. Luckily, I was able to get only $3000 less than I paid for it (taxes included). I sold it to a 68 year-old in Paris, TX who flew up to New York with his wife to ride it the 1400 miles back home. They told me that they were planning on taking it to Copper Canyon, Mexico, so I guess it’s in a better place now.

While I may get a motorcycle in Argentina, that will definitely take awhile – driving there is crazy! I have no idea how they manage to not have stop signs on many intersections and have everyone still figure out when it’s their turn to go. I expected to see a lot of accidents when we visited last fall, but surprisingly I did not. Maybe a week was not enough time or maybe there is a system that I just did not understand. Anyways, I’m not planning to drive anything for awhile.

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