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by stuart
Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Need to buy a USB Microcontroller IC
Replies: 12
Views: 2587

Re: Need to buy a USB Microcontroller IC

The prices are high here because of taxes and other costs. 30%+18% right off the bat. Plus the guy who imported the thing had to pay shipping anyway. Obviously the guy who imported it can't handle everything himself so he has to pay someone to help. Regardless of how cheap he can get someone to work...
by stuart
Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dehumidifier or Heater?
Replies: 12
Views: 7506

Re: Dehumidifier or Heater?

The standard portable dehumidifiers don't have a hose that takes humid air outside like a dehumidifier attached to a air conditioner might. This means the heat from the machine itself it put into the air, raising the temperature a bit - not much, but enough to take the chill out of the air. The mois...
by stuart
Sat May 11, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: "THEY" ARE BACK...
Replies: 23
Views: 3493

Re: "THEY" ARE BACK...

Philip - You need generic cetirizina, just 10mg per day. It's perfect for Lima's dust and humidity. You should also run a dehumidifier in your bedroom while you sleep.
by stuart
Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lights and spares for faulty lights
Replies: 5
Views: 1204

Re: Lights and spares for faulty lights

I have been inside, I happened to be walking past one day. They do have stuff that appears to be different from what's in Sodimac. Most of the stands sell full lighting fixtures, and most of the stands are selling the same ones. Here and there though are other stands that sell, as you say, bits and ...
by stuart
Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dogsitting cooperative
Replies: 9
Views: 1642

Re: Dogsitting cooperative

Both the cooperative and the lovely lady interest me. I'm lucky enough to be able to leave my dog with my suegros - but it also means we can't go anywhere with them at the same time.
by stuart
Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Is it practical to rent unfurnished without a car?
Replies: 10
Views: 2476

Re: Is it practical to rent unfurnished without a car?

Buying the stuff - you can have it delivered.

Moving home - you pay some guys S/.150 or so carry everything out to their truck, drive it to your new place, and unload everything again at the other end.
by stuart
Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: plastic easter eggs urgently
Replies: 6
Views: 1134

Re: plastic easter eggs urgently

americorps wrote:no

does anyone have any leads?


So what you're saying is that you're on an easter egg hunt?
by stuart
Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Vehicle permit
Replies: 2
Views: 821

Re: Vehicle permit

I would prefer to get it sorted out legally. People who do things the legal way and the right way often find themselves severely punished or at a massive disadvantage in Peru. The systems are set up so that going about things by the book gives many people the opportunity to take little bites out of...
by stuart
Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Taxi robberies
Replies: 19
Views: 5319

Re: Taxi robberies

I think that telling someone that "weight challenged" is the PC term to use is pompous and unnecessary. The OP has chosen the word portly, a creative and descriptive adjective, which is not derogatory, so why the suggestion to use the ridiculous sounding weight challenged? Peruvians make ...
by stuart
Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a King-sized Bed
Replies: 11
Views: 2111

Re: Buying a King-sized Bed

I was going to recommend Sueño Centro - their Flex brand is pretty good. Looking for the exact address though, it looks like the place burned down... http://peru.com/actualidad/mi-ciudad/surquillo-incendio-consume-tienda-colchones-av-angamos-noticia-100019 If the place reopened, I might be a worth c...
by stuart
Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Make Sure and Ask for a Boleta
Replies: 6
Views: 2559

Re: Make Sure and Ask for a Boleta

There are two types of people who don't pay taxes in Peru - the wealthy and the poor. This is generally reflected in the businesses owned and frequented by the two groups. I've had some of the more upscale places present me with a nota de pedido along with the credit card receipt, as well as just pr...
by stuart
Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Deposit issues
Replies: 7
Views: 1486

Re: Deposit issues

Don't be surprised that they won't pay the deposit back in 5 days. As some problems came up and they pretend that they could't get in touch with the landlord or some story like the landlord is out of the country for a few months and they have to wait till he comes back. The suggest as you are a gri...
by stuart
Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Deposit issues
Replies: 7
Views: 1486

Re: Deposit issues

As you suspect and know, there's no reason why it would take an arbitrary 5 days to give you back your own money. I've never deposited money in the bank and been told I'd have to wait 5 days to get it back out again, for instance. Tell the agency that your conditions of returning the apartment are t...
by stuart
Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: ...
Replies: 12
Views: 2631

Re: Do you like Antiques?

Your description of the place just begs the question, who does the stuff really belong to? I'm pretty sure it would have belonged to old people who's kids demolished their house immediately after they passed away and paid some guy S/.5 to get rid of all the "junk" inside. I've seen that b...
by stuart
Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:06 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: ...
Replies: 12
Views: 2631

Re: Do you like Antiques?

The only antique places I know are in Monterrico, and pretty much everything is prohibitively expensive, even when in bad condition. I think these people who go after key things, post them online and sell them in seconds offer a really good service, it would be great to see and expat antiques expert...
by stuart
Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Company Tax and income tax
Replies: 9
Views: 1890

Re: Company Tax and income tax

I am all for "giving back" to your country with ambition & expertise; but could never quite "fit-in" with bribes & money "under-the-table" for special favors. Is there such a thing as being "to honest"??? Honesty is generally considered a weakness in ...
by stuart
Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Should I marry a Peruvian woman for cash
Replies: 27
Views: 7060

Re: Should I marry a Peruvian woman for cash

I think the OP should marry an American man where this has been legalized. If it absolutely has to be for money, we could all pitch in I suppose. This is the most obvious option if you think about it - same end result as jail time but a quicker process all in all.
by stuart
Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:17 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dealing with Difficult Taxi Drivers
Replies: 21
Views: 4941

Re: Dealing with Difficult Taxi Drivers

It's a bit weird just getting in the cab. The best method is to simply state the price you're willing to pay to go to the location right off the bat, then refusing to negotiate. If a fight is put up, you take the taxi behind, or the one behind that, or as you walk away the first will just relent.
by stuart
Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Water Fountains
Replies: 5
Views: 1282

Re: Water Fountains

There is/was this place in the centro, somewhere on Jr. Azángaro or Lampa, with maybe Ucayali or Huallaga. It's a pretty big store with hundreds of the things. You can spot it because they have a couple of big garden ones outside the fairly wide doors. You'd have to walk around to find it. If you fi...
by stuart
Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Minivan Advice
Replies: 14
Views: 2810

Re: Minivan Advice

You did mean just 3 kids, right? If they are not terribly obese there will be a very wide selection of models to choose from. Cheap and cheerful low-theft-incidence Kia Carens maybe?
by stuart
Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Avoid altitude sickness
Replies: 14
Views: 5674

Re: Avoid altitude sickness

The easiest and cheapest way to avoid altitude sickness is to breathe better. If you are sitting, breathe like you are talking a brisk walk. If you are walking, breathe like you were running. The only problem with this is remembering it because as soon as you get distracted you forget and start brea...
by stuart
Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to find Art stores that print art copies in Lima
Replies: 23
Views: 6049

Re: Where to find Art stores that print art copies in Lima

Prices in Peru are my newest and latest thing that drives me crazy! The prices are outrageous, possibly as much as for times what they might be in the US. The problem is the outrageous amount of tax that has to be paid on imports (the paper and the ink, not to mention the printers), plus taxes on th...
by stuart
Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to find Art stores that print art copies in Lima
Replies: 23
Views: 6049

Re: Where to find Art stores that print art copies in Lima

Can't type them all, but standard photo paper (cm) 10x15 = S/. 3 15x20 = S/. 6 20x25 = S/. 10 ... 50x60 = S/. 68 ... 100x100 = S/. 180 110 x 165 = S/. 325 Then they have all the fancy papers that are sold in lineal metres of two widths, 60cm and 110cm The paper types are: Back Light Clear Film Doubl...
by stuart
Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to find Art stores that print art copies in Lima
Replies: 23
Views: 6049

Re: Where to find Art stores that print art copies in Lima

I'm stopping by my Giclee guys tomorrow for some quotes. I had a price sheet somewhere but I don't know where it is, I'll ask for another one and post some prices. They don't only do Giclee, they print on all kinds of expensive imported paper with all kinds of expensive imported inks. Not cheap, but...
by stuart
Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dealing with the humidity
Replies: 17
Views: 4080

Re: Dealing with the humidity

Maybe start off with a 60w dehumidifier? Leave the clothes hanging in a room with the doors closed all night. Even a gas dryer uses a fair bit of electricity, so I'd start with the small dehumidifier and see if that's enough. It will cost you around S/.150 for the machine and S/.10 a month extra on ...
by stuart
Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Samsung
Replies: 2
Views: 1043

Re: Samsung

Were all the doors completely locked? It would be entirely plausible that an Apple fanboi broke in to destroy your Samsung equipment. If male, he may also have stolen some of your underwear. You'd be wise to check. There are "official" affiliate service centres, you can find them all here:...
by stuart
Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Claro home internet question
Replies: 12
Views: 3351

Re: Claro home internet question

Lastly, 6mb internet costs about the same as 2mb internet from Movistar. I get about 600-700kbps down at peak hours. Do you get 600-700kbps or 600-700kBps ( Kilobyte, not kilobit ) ( a big difference ) I have 4 Mb of Movistar and can download at 390-400 kB per second ( so the actual speed as advert...
by stuart
Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Claro home internet question
Replies: 12
Views: 3351

Re: Claro home internet question

Claro modems are cable modems, so if you have a ADSL modem/router you won't be able to use it. But... and I know the prospect of this might bring a tear or two to your eyes... they give you a really good Motorola router with tonnes of settings. And I mean they give it to you, for free - there's no i...
by stuart
Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WARNING! Bank fraud...
Replies: 28
Views: 9825

Re: WARNING! Bank fraud...

Firstly, although maybe saying everyone in Peru is out to get you is a bit over the top, you all know what I mean by it. Trust is not something you can dish out freely here by any means. Personally, I also think I've been very very lucky during my time in Peru, very little bad has happened to me com...
by stuart
Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WARNING! Bank fraud...
Replies: 28
Views: 9825

Re: WARNING! Bank fraud...

I've had bank tellers in Peru try to cheat me and lie to me. I've also had ATMs give me less money than I've withdrawn. It's all just part of life in everyone's-out-to-get-you Peru.
by stuart
Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WARNING! Bank fraud...
Replies: 28
Views: 9825

Re: WARNING! Bank fraud...

Someone cloned the card and got hold of the PIN. I broke a false card slot off an ATM not long ago, I tried to report it to the bank, but they weren't interested. Does anyone know the procedure if this happens with a Peruvian card in Peru? From what it says on the document I signed, I am liable for...
by stuart
Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WARNING! Bank fraud...
Replies: 28
Views: 9825

Re: WARNING! Bank fraud...

Does anyone know the procedure if this happens with a Peruvian card in Peru? From what it says on the document I signed, I am liable for every fraudulent purchase made BEFORE I report them or I notice the card is missing. I.e. the bank doesn't refund the stolen money. Is this really the policy?? My...
by stuart
Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WARNING! Bank fraud...
Replies: 28
Views: 9825

Re: WARNING! Bank fraud...

Someone cloned the card and got hold of the PIN. I broke a false card slot off an ATM not long ago, I tried to report it to the bank, but they weren't interested. Does anyone know the procedure if this happens with a Peruvian card in Peru? From what it says on the document I signed, I am liable for ...
by stuart
Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: all items sold
Replies: 7
Views: 2040

Re: LEAVING PERU TOTAL MODERN APARTMENT FURNISHINGS FOR SALE

Is the TV LCD or LED? If sold with the home theatre, is there a discount?

Apart from the TV I'd like to see the rustic chair and the sofas if you have photos.
stuart.starrs(@)gmail.com
by stuart
Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Buyer Beware!
Replies: 4
Views: 1287

Re: Buyer Beware!

It's a cultural thing. If you can part a fool from his money with deceit and fraud, or game the system in some way, you've done something to be proud of and to be respected for. You can laugh about how vivo you were and feel warm and good inside. There's no dishonor in it, its just you trying to get...
by stuart
Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Wall Stencils
Replies: 5
Views: 1355

Re: Wall Stencils

I thought the wall decals were what they meant.
by stuart
Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Wall Stencils
Replies: 5
Views: 1355

Re: Wall Stencils

The choice in Sodimac is pretty poor. There are some pretty fancy decoration places in certain areas of Lima that have more choice, but expensive. Another option is to have them custom designed and made.
by stuart
Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: arequipa vs. lima
Replies: 23
Views: 9186

Re: arequipa vs. lima

Thanks Stuart. I really was interested in Lima but the thing that turned me off about Lima was the overcast weather all winter. I see they highlight Chaclacayo as a short distance (27 KM) away but with sunnier climate at an altitude of 650M. Anyone have the actual climate data for Chaclacayo such a...
by stuart
Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: arequipa vs. lima
Replies: 23
Views: 9186

Re: arequipa vs. lima

I'm interested in visiting Arquipa as a possible early retirement destination based on what I've read in several forums. I believe my investments will allow me to live well in AQP. I have some questions that would help me if someone knows about this: 1) AQP only receives about 96 mm rain per year. ...
by stuart
Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Credit/debit cards & discounts?
Replies: 20
Views: 2914

Re: Credit/debit cards & discounts?

Only a few people are able to do that. Credit is addictive. It's easy to spend more money than you can afford with those cards. It's doesn't feel like spending money. I paid for something that cost about $1000 recently, and paid in cash. That didn't feel like spending money either, it only felt lik...
by stuart
Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: San Borja safest district in Lima
Replies: 86
Views: 17728

Re: San Borja safest district in Lima

Actually according to the PNP crime has been growing for years faster than the economy. The truth is that San Borja is not the safest place, it is only the least dangerous district taking in account that according to the PNP half of the crimes in Peru are committed in Lima. Actually , least dangero...
by stuart
Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: San Borja safest district in Lima
Replies: 86
Views: 17728

Re: San Borja safest district in Lima

I think the study was talking about which is most safe , not which is safe. These Datum stats seem to concur with PNP stats though. I agree with Chi Chi that out of all the poorer areas, Villa is surprising safe. The people living there are mostly decent hardworking and honest. A walk through La Vic...
by stuart
Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Enabling Act?
Replies: 1
Views: 1018

Re: Enabling Act?

...that or a Latin American Thursday morning. Peruvian presidents shoot protesters in the face regularly as it is, this law will make it easier to choose how and where they are shoot in the face. As always, as far as Lima is concerned, nothing to see here.
by stuart
Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Beating ATM withdrawal limit?
Replies: 36
Views: 17330

Re: Beating ATM withdrawal limit?

Tried Scotia today and it would not allow me more than $200. I think it will require talking to my own bank about increasing the limit. I have had no luck in getting a bank to withdraw money for me with my card inside the bank. They claim they cannot do it. I was successful in practically forcing o...
by stuart
Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Beating ATM withdrawal limit?
Replies: 36
Views: 17330

Re: Beating ATM withdrawal limit?

apart from that, the advice isn't bad - punks do tend to watch ATMs and may take notice of anyone making a bunch of repeated withdrawals. A common trick at ATM's is that someone watches over your shoulder to see your pin code. Then they throw a few coins on the ground behind you and attract your at...
by stuart
Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Beating ATM withdrawal limit?
Replies: 36
Views: 17330

Re: Beating ATM withdrawal limit?

Walk into a bank, queue up, then withdraw money as a credit/debit card transaction. BCP point blank refuses every time I ask and tell me it is impossible, but BBVA is fine with it. They'll ask for ID either way, and usually take a photocopy, but you can withdraw whatever is the maximum per-transacti...
by stuart
Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: An insider view of the Conga protests
Replies: 21
Views: 6188

Re: An insider view of the Conga protests

I saw Benavides in Asia last year, if I saw him again I'd offer him my idea (in exchange for a handsome consulting fee) to get Conga off the ground by holding off protests for an entire year, a scheme that could only work in Cajamarca, and could be taken to his and Newmonts underlings (the govt.) to...
by stuart
Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to find Art stores that print art copies in Lima
Replies: 23
Views: 6049

Re: Where to find Art stores that print art copies in Lima

elf.painter wrote:I may have miss led the readers of my subject. I don't want to buy a printer I'm looking services of an art store that can make full color reproductions of my art, working from a jpg, or psd file. The resolution of the files are 300dpi.


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