Friday, Sep 30, 2016
Where did September go? I can’t believe we have been in Cuenca for five months now. As promised, as part of understanding the cost of living in Ecuador, I will share some of the prices of appliances, household goods, and electronics as seen on the shelves in the stores here. (If you missed part one you can find it here)
Let’s look at some appliances first…
This is a stainless GE Refrigerator with ice and water dispenser. The cash price of this item is $3,525.29. If you did 15 payments of $261.13 it’s more. I think in Lowes, these refrigerators are closer to $1500. What do you think?
If you rent an “unfurnished” apartment in Ecuador, it most likely will not have a refrigerator or an oven. These are items you are expected to bring with you. This oven is $649.28. Aren’t they closer to $350 in the States?
How many microwaves can you buy for under $100 at Lowes or Home Depot? Both of these are over $250. When we were looking at furnished places to live, some units did not supply a microwave.
This 12 cup coffee maker is $35.90. It simply has an on/off switch. Any brewer with auto start/stop or brew settings is closer to $100. The dish set is a basic four person place setting, $63. Aren’t they $19.99 at Target?
Don’t forget the knives and forks. This set will cost close to a Benjamin for a six place setting.
There are cheaper ones that will easily bend…with only your thoughts. 😉
We had a Salad Master pot and pan set that we didn’t bring with us. A few of those really great pots and pans would have gone to good use here. The quality of material the cookware is made of here is very poor.
I think it’s hard finding a good blender, even in the US. The blender we bought in the States was close to $300 but it was fantastic. I think this Electrolux is a “normal” blender, maybe better than average? I don’t know.
This grill is similar to the one I had on my back patio before moving to Ecuador. It was top of the line, extra burners, auto clean etc. I think it was around $600. Here, I will need to pay almost $2,500! I wouldn’t be able to afford the meat to grill on it. 😉
$75 dollars for a cooler that only holds 22 cans? All I can say is that someone at Coleman must have pissed off President Correa.
Good bed sheets are very difficult to find here. The basic stock I can buy at Corral don’t have deep pockets, and feel one step up from sandpaper. When I have found a better quality sheet, the cost is out of the park. Pictured is one double size, 300 thread count sheet set, $167.39. Where is Costco when you need it?
This is probably a pretty good fan, but over a hundred bucks? To be fair, I did find adjustable floor fans for under $50. They made a lot of noise, but hey.
This is probably twice what you could buy it for in the States. Make sure you bring a good laptop with you.
This Epson all in one seems way over priced to me. The Cannon may be a better deal.
This will blow your low cost of living in Ecuador…
Ok, I admit this is a killer TV, but priced over $16,000 dollars? I’m not sure how how big the screen is, but it was very large.
Then there are more reasonably priced TV’s. This is one you might find in Costco for easily under a grand. Here it is almost $2,500.
And in case you need to pick up a toy for the grandkids…
Well that’s all I have to show you. Living in Ecuador is about learning to make due with what you have. This is not a place that has 20 different choices for each and every thing you could want. And some of those items that are here can be much more expensive, at least what I have been used to paying. Your cost of living in Ecuador will be affected by these types of purchases made here.
I am enjoying my many experiences in this country and “things” are not a big part of that.