Last October, the national Government announced that imported computers would no longer carry import taxes in 2017. Even though the measure hasn’t officially been applied yet, local sources have reported that sellers like Compumundo and Frávega have already started asking for a discount.
As a result, Argentine computer producers are opting to get rid of their merchandise before more competitive priced foreign products hit the market. However, in a sluggish economy, the lower prices might not be enough for a population whose spending power has been squeezed by stagnant wages and high inflation.
According to La Nación, prices of both local (BGH, Compaq) and international brands (Lenovo, HP, Samsung) are down between 35 percent and 11 percent, depending on the brand, shop, and technical specifications. For example, an imported laptop sold at AR $13,999 last year, is now available for AR $8,999 — almost 36 percent difference. Computers with i3, i5 and i7 processors are around 26 percent down from last year.
The measure, designed to cut the cost of technology and IT products, will go into effect in March of this year. Some industry experts expect that some computers will cost 50 percent less by the time April comes around when compared to last year.
It looks like those epic road trips to Chile and Paraguay in search of cheap(er) goods may soon be a thing of the past.