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Cubans Snap Up Goods No Longer Banned
AP) ^ | 23 hours ago

Posted on 04/02/2008 9:48:34 AM PDT by BenLurkin

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban shoppers are snapping up DVD players, motorbikes and electric rice cookers that are going on sale to the general public for the first time.

Lines stretch out the doors of major government department stores as Cubans gaze at the new gadgets on display.

The goods that went on sale Tuesday previously were available only to foreigners. But the government of new President Raul Castro has lifted that ban.

There was no sign yet of two highly anticipated items: computers and microwaves, though salespeople said computers would soon hit the shelves.


TOPICS: Cuba; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: castrodeathwatch; communismkills; cuba; despotism
"...computers would soon hit the shelves."

Maybe, but I predict internet access will be severely restricted. Google will probably cut a deal with the dictators in Cuba the same way they did with the Red Chinese.

Just my opinion.

1 posted on 04/02/2008 9:48:34 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

They’ll probably get a Wii before I do.


2 posted on 04/02/2008 9:51:25 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: BenLurkin

The US should use a satellite and beam down internet service to the island of Cuba. Then they can broadcast the settings to them via Radio Marti.

That would be great. Of course we need to let the Cubans join the late 20th century first. May take a while for computers in numbers to get out.


3 posted on 04/02/2008 9:51:29 AM PDT by romanesq
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To: BenLurkin
Even if the government restricts internet access, the people will find a way to get the information they desire, you can count on that.

Perhaps we are witnessing the beginning of the (very) slow death of totalitarian communism in Cuba.

4 posted on 04/02/2008 9:52:35 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (feh)
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To: BenLurkin

Next up: Organ grinders and buggy whips.


5 posted on 04/02/2008 9:53:00 AM PDT by Eurale
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To: BenLurkin

It’s just a matter of time before communism becomes passe in Cuba. Once you have a taste of capitalism, you’re addicted.


6 posted on 04/02/2008 9:53:25 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: BenLurkin
Electric rice cookers! Hoo wee! The party starts now!
7 posted on 04/02/2008 9:54:47 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Brilliant

“It’s just a matter of time before communism becomes passe in Cuba.”

I’ll know that they’re back when they open up the casinos.


8 posted on 04/02/2008 9:55:13 AM PDT by Eurale
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To: Brilliant

Your last sentence would make for some decent signs and stickers to sell worldwide while promoting capitalism all over the world.


9 posted on 04/02/2008 9:56:46 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Vote for conservatives AT ALL POLITICAL LEVELS! Encourage all others to do the same on November 4!)
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To: BenLurkin

Sean said yesterday that the ban against Cubans using the hotels in Havana was also lifted, but since it costs a month’s wages to stay one night, few Cubans will ever get to check in. Ah, Socialism...what a future.


10 posted on 04/02/2008 9:58:39 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Brilliant

Raul has always liked the Chinese model of communism and I think that’s where he’s headed.


11 posted on 04/02/2008 9:59:12 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: BenLurkin

As I understand, most Cuban’s have such a low income level that even if these good are no longer “banned”, most won’t be able to afford them anyway, at least not legally.

But then again, knowing they exist and that they can be purchased for a price will, I would think, stimulate the underground economy that probably already exists on some level.

But we should not mistake consumerism with capitalism. China has become a big “consumer” but they are in no way capitalists – at least not the type of capitalists that is good for a free society.


12 posted on 04/02/2008 10:01:42 AM PDT by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: BenLurkin

Computers will probably be more restricted than firearms in Cuba.


13 posted on 04/02/2008 10:08:36 AM PDT by PeterFinn (I am not voting for McCain. No way, no how.)
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To: BenLurkin

...Reports indicate Michael Moore, Ed Asner, Danny Glover and Sean Penn were seen on line waiting for their electric rice cookers,


14 posted on 04/02/2008 10:12:48 AM PDT by never4get (We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid)
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To: BenLurkin

Considering that the average Cuban salary is about $20 a *minrh*...I wonder how they managed to save the money to buy these items, without saving every cent they’ve earned and living off Govt subsidies. Even still, I’ve gotten a look at what the Cuban Govt is charging for these items, and they are priced at about 3 times what one would pay for them in a free country.


15 posted on 04/02/2008 10:15:24 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Fall on your knees! Oh hear, the angels voices)
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To: BenLurkin
"..Cubans gaze at the new gadgets on display."


16 posted on 04/02/2008 10:19:30 AM PDT by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: Brilliant
It’s just a matter of time before communism becomes passe in Cuba.

Where do you think all these goods came from? Chinese Communists.

17 posted on 04/02/2008 10:21:20 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

Communism never produced a thing. If they make goods in China, it’s the Chinese capitalists who do it.


18 posted on 04/02/2008 10:23:17 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: DGHoodini
I wonder how they managed to save the money to buy these items, without saving every cent they’ve earned and living off Govt subsidies.

You've heard of Miami? They get the money via remittances from family members there. Although Bush restricted remittances a couple of years ago, so they can only go to the sender's immediate family in Cuba.

19 posted on 04/02/2008 10:28:07 AM PDT by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: Caramelgal

Good point!


20 posted on 04/02/2008 10:43:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: King of Florida

I see what you mean. But I didn’t think Fidel let them keep it. US currency that is. I thought I read somewhere that Cubans weren’t allowed to buy thigs with USDs.


21 posted on 04/02/2008 10:55:18 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Fall on your knees! Oh hear, the angels voices)
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To: Brilliant

When will Communism become passe in Berkley California?


22 posted on 04/02/2008 11:01:57 AM PDT by weegee (Famous moments in history: March 18th, 2008 “I have a bridge (to sell you)...” - Barack H. Oba)
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To: DGHoodini

Well, there are dollar shops, not to mention the black market, so if these new items are only available with the Cuban peso, I dare say the very fungible dollar will buy a lot of pesos.


23 posted on 04/02/2008 11:03:15 AM PDT by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: rogue yam
Electric rice cookers! Hoo wee! The party starts now!

Provided you haven't used up your monthly quota of rice.

24 posted on 04/02/2008 11:49:25 AM PDT by uglybiker (I do not suffer from mental illness. I quite enjoy it, actually.)
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To: rogue yam
Electric rice cookers! Hoo wee! The party starts now!

Provided you haven't used up your monthly quota of rice.

25 posted on 04/02/2008 11:52:23 AM PDT by uglybiker (I do not suffer from mental illness. I quite enjoy it, actually.)
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