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Cubans shocked at prices as foreign cars go on sale [Cuba legalizes sales of new cars]
BBC ^ | January 4, 2014

Posted on 01/04/2014 10:05:53 AM PST by grundle

Cubans have reacted with shock after foreign-made cars went on sale for the first time since the 1959 revolution at what some termed "crazy" prices.

The state has a monopoly on new car sales and has set massive mark-ups.

A Peugeot 508 is listed at $262,000. Peugeot's UK website puts prices from $29,000. State salaries in Cuba average about $20 a month.

Freeing up car sales is the latest in a series of reforms. A permit to buy new vehicles is now no longer required.

However, only a minority will benefit.

The BBC's Sarah Rainsford, in Havana, says the stream of people at one used-car store in Havana's upmarket Miramar district were in for a shock.

She says the most commonly uttered phrases were "this is madness" and "what a lack of respect", referring to the government.

One of those outside the dealership, Suzanne, told the BBC: "The prices are crazy. No Cuban who works for the state can buy at that price. They have zero chance of getting a car."

Another, Antonio, said: "We're speechless, it's a big surprise. I don't know what the government's strategy is. Maybe this is just a test phase. But the prices are excessive."

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Cuba
KEYWORDS: cuba
I think we should end the embargo so we can watch U.S. liberals get hysterical as Cuba gets covered in Wal-Marts and McDonald's.
1 posted on 01/04/2014 10:05:53 AM PST by grundle
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To: grundle

Perhaps they can sell those ‘57 Chevys at a classic car auction and get enough to buy a new Fiat.


2 posted on 01/04/2014 10:11:58 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: grundle

Makes you wonder how Cubacare is even affordable?


3 posted on 01/04/2014 10:12:36 AM PST by SIRTRIS
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To: reg45

“Perhaps they can sell those ‘57 Chevys at a classic car auction and get enough to buy a new Fiat.”

My thoughts to on all the old classic cars in Cuba.


4 posted on 01/04/2014 10:13:06 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: grundle

I would hate to see Cuba turned into us. Part of the beauty of the island is the going back in time. Would just hate to see it totally commercialized with McDonalds and Walmarts. ugh


5 posted on 01/04/2014 10:14:09 AM PST by sheana
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To: grundle

This seems quite silly, they are going to let them buy cars that no one can afford? So, what is the point?


6 posted on 01/04/2014 10:17:27 AM PST by jocon307
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To: grundle
A Peugeot 508 is listed at $262,000. Peugeot's UK website puts prices from $29,000. State salaries in Cuba average about $20 a month.

Hey Jack! Just $10 per month for 26,200 months will put you in a Peugeot 508. Counting interest that might be closer to 100,000 months.

7 posted on 01/04/2014 10:17:29 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: sheana

“I would hate to see Cuba turned into us. Part of the beauty of the island is the going back in time. Would just hate to see it totally commercialized with McDonalds and Walmarts. ugh”

The aesthetic of keeping Cuba quaint is an awfully high price to pay for the enslavement of an entire nation. Set ‘em free and let them decide for themselves.


8 posted on 01/04/2014 10:18:22 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: grundle
Its a shame that Cuba has been so messed up for so long. Under a freedom-oriented government, Cuba could be quite a economic powerhouse for a nation of its size exporting coffee, nickel, cobalt, sugar cane, oil, lemon wood...

They're also in a tremendously good strategic location, were they a close ally of the US. We've gone halfway around the world a dozen times over to save/prop up various countries, yet never made an effort to fix up a potential ally and trading partner right on our doorstep. Why?

9 posted on 01/04/2014 10:19:02 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: grundle

Make sure your read the “Analysis” portion of the article. It is classic!


10 posted on 01/04/2014 10:20:44 AM PST by SpirituTuo
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To: grundle

Have no fear, the upper bureaucrats will be driving the fancy wheels.


11 posted on 01/04/2014 10:20:46 AM PST by kenmcg
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To: sheana
I would hate to see Cuba turned into us. Part of the beauty of the island is the going back in time. Would just hate to see it totally commercialized with McDonalds and Walmarts. ugh

Sort of like a "Natural Habitat Human Wildlife Park", huh?

Like Colonial Williamsburg, but the inmates can't go home in the evening and have no weekends or vacations, right?

/s

12 posted on 01/04/2014 10:24:04 AM PST by BwanaNdege (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. J.F. Kennedy)
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To: SIRTRIS

Still waiting for Jimmy Carter (or any Democrat for that matter) to travel to Cuba for that much needed operation. Carter seems to push for Cuba’s system for the rest of us, but relies on the private American system for himself.


13 posted on 01/04/2014 10:27:32 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: sheana

I guess it’s kinda charming too that Cubans have to basically live without power or running water for most of the time. Or toilet paper. Or toothbrushes. Or new clothes. Most Cubans have one shirt, if they have 2, they are in the minority.


14 posted on 01/04/2014 10:27:50 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: SIRTRIS

Still waiting for Jimmy Carter (or any Democrat for that matter) to travel to Cuba for that much needed operation. Carter seems to push for Cuba’s system for the rest of us, but relies on the private American system for himself.


15 posted on 01/04/2014 10:27:57 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Hoodat

Oops, sorry for the doublepost.


16 posted on 01/04/2014 10:29:12 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

sheesh I should’ve known better. Just said I would hate to see them with McDonalds and Walmarts on every corner and everyone piles on.


17 posted on 01/04/2014 10:34:29 AM PST by sheana
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To: sheana
Part of the beauty of the island is the going back in time.

Retrograde prisons do have a certain atmosphere . . . but if you are into that sort of thing, I recommend the KGB prison in downtown Vilnius. It's a museum, now.

18 posted on 01/04/2014 10:37:17 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

I thought she was being sarcastic!


19 posted on 01/04/2014 10:41:11 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: sheana

You’re NOT being sarcastic! Oh, my gosh.


20 posted on 01/04/2014 10:42:17 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: grundle

They would have kissed our feet for the cars that we “crushed”...thanks to Obama.


21 posted on 01/04/2014 10:50:15 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: grundle

The government better watch out if it turns out that only top government officials can afford a new car. It might spark a . . . revolution.


22 posted on 01/04/2014 11:11:40 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle
From the story: "For new cars, people needed a much-sought government permit - a privilege mainly bestowed on senior officials, top athletes and artists."

This supports my belief that communism is actually a strict oligarchy in which top government officials - and their lackeys in the arts and entertainment - monopolize the wealth.
23 posted on 01/04/2014 11:15:47 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: grundle
A Peugeot 508 is listed at $262,000. Peugeot's UK website puts prices from $29,000. State salaries in Cuba average about $20 a month.

There's little difference between the way that Cuban Commies think and the way that Obama and his regime do.

This is simply Cuba's "Affordable Car Act".

24 posted on 01/04/2014 11:16:22 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: grundle

If you want a new car,

You can buy a new car,

Period.


25 posted on 01/04/2014 11:29:24 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: grundle

The embargo kept them in power, you have to make the folks hungry for more. Many years ago we should have overwhelmed Cuban shores with snacks and junk food, soft drinks and radios marked Made in the USA with the Red White and Blue stamped all over it.


26 posted on 01/04/2014 12:54:28 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: grundle

Cuba libre!


27 posted on 01/04/2014 1:09:41 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: reg45

You stole my Thunder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


28 posted on 01/04/2014 1:28:46 PM PST by bandleader
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Had Richard Nixon assumed the presidency in 1961, as he should have, we wouldn’t be talking about a communist Cuba.


29 posted on 01/04/2014 1:30:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: Parley Baer; bandleader

Great minds think alike!


30 posted on 01/04/2014 8:12:01 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Kennedy regime stole that election.


31 posted on 01/04/2014 10:01:29 PM PST by Catsrus (A)
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To: reg45

“Perhaps they can sell those ‘57 Chevys at a classic car auction and get enough to buy a new Fiat.”

The only problem is that that ‘57 Chevy probably has a Japanese Diesel engine in it.


32 posted on 01/05/2014 12:34:31 AM PST by vette6387
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