Saturday, April 26, 2008
Big Box Shopping In Buenos Aires
I have to confess I have never been out of the city of Buenos Aires, so I never have seen a Wal Mart in Argentina myself.
However I am very well acquainted with a couple of USA big box style stores within the city limits. There is the Coto chain, which has a huge grocery department, along with housewares, furniture, electronics, appliances, and houswares and linens. There is Jumbo, with similar merchandise, but a little higher priced, more like Target-it also has a clothing department and a toy department, and also sells some sporting goods, alongside an incredilbe wine department and salami selection. Then there is Easy, a cross between Loews and Ikea, with housewares, linens, lighting, furniture, home accents, along with tools, lumber, sinks, kitchen cabinets, bathoom fixtures, paint, really all things to do with home improvement. Prices at Easy are very good, like Wal Mart.
All of the stores have well designed merchandise, stylish, colorful, a little more hip than the average USA Wal Mart. So I am very curious about Wal Mart in Argentina, and will have to make a journey to the burbs next time we visit here.
About prices - if you see a price tag in a photo, divide by 3 to get US price, and divide by 5 (!) to get a European price. These discount big box store prices are high for Argentines, but they manage by using credit and working incredibly hard to live a middle class life style.
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