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What to Bring When Moving to Brazil: 3 Must Knows

What to Bring When Moving to Brazil: 3 Must Knows

There I was, standing face-to-face with the smallest yet most expensive air conditioner I had ever seen in my life, all the while thinking “does this blow golden air or something?”.

And as my eyes were locked onto that 300% too high price tag out of sheer surprise, a sales assistant approached me and asked “Oi, tudo bem? Posso te ajudar?” (Hey, how’s it going? Can I help you).

Me: “uh…yeah…is that air conditioner so expensive because it’s imported?”

Sales assistant: “nope, it’s made in the tax free zone in Manaus!”

Me: (surprised) “then why does it cost so much?”

Sales assistant: “well…there are a lot of other taxes…”

Me: (thinking to myself) “If I would have known this, I would have purchased one back home for R$200 instead of R$749…”

The hugely overpriced air conditioner (R$749 = about $375USD)

Bottom line: I could have easily and legally avoided this inflated price tag if I knew what I’m about to tell you…

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