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Old 11-15-2017, 04:48 AM
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It is very difficult to order items in South America, and from Argentina in particular. It has nothing to do with not speaking Spanish. The Argentine government has taken big steps to try to limit foreign transactions (see https://qz.com/121829/this-is-the-l...reign-currency/ )

For that reason you can't use Paypal. And unless you can contact a company directly, you can't use your U.S. credit card online for Argentine (or most other South American) purchases. To use your credit card online in South America you also have to include your national ID number, (DNI) which as a foreigner you don't have.

There is a South American PayPal pseudo-equivalent called Mercado Pago but, again, you can't register a U.S. credit card with them because of the lack of a DNI number. Extremely frustrating.

For a time there were folks available on eBay under the title "I'll buy your items in Argentina" who would add a 20% surcharge, but I haven't seen any of them for a while.

I have attempted to contact SkyTec several times without success. If any of you get through to them I'd love to know how.

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Well...cash, while it has some risk, should be a form of payment that SkyTec would accept. It's too bad that Argentina is doing that, but their monetary policy has long been..."interesting." I don't doubt you, but I know of an Argentinian winery that is making a lot of money selling their wines in the U.S. (their owner was interviewed on a California-based wine & spirits radio talk show, "The Tasting Room with Tom Leykis," that until recently ran on one of my local stations on Saturday evenings). He didn't mention any international sales barriers, but maybe the Argentinian government doesn't apply its restrictions to this category of products?
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:00 AM
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Steve's right! Argentina's money policy is a nightmare!

There's a fair amount of international banking herein El Paso so I talked to some people and apparently the workaround is a prepaid Visa card loaded in Argentine Pesos. The trick is finding a bank to do that.

I'll keep working on it and let you know.
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Steve's right! Argentina's money policy is a nightmare!

There's a fair amount of international banking herein El Paso so I talked to some people and apparently the workaround is a prepaid Visa card loaded in Argentine Pesos. The trick is finding a bank to do that.

I'll keep working on it and let you know.
It will make acquiring them sweeter, like stalking and capturing quarry... Also, the bank--when you locate it--might get more business from would-be SkyTec buyers, which might "sweeten the pot" for them.
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I like the picture with the Mars Snooper II. Apparently there might be some like-minded "old rocketeers" down there.
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I like the picture with the Mars Snooper II. Apparently there might be some like-minded "old rocketeers" down there.
Wow...I wouldn't have expected that, but then again, even in the early days of the 1960s, it wasn't just Americans and Eastern Europeans (adults as well as kids) who got into model rocketry; some people in still other countries partook of it. Also, Argentina and Brazil are two countries in which model rocketry--and even amateur rocketry--became popular with a relatively small but active community (even Lebanon, before their long civil war, had an amateur rocketry community that built and flew many vehicles, back in the 1960s).
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Wow...I wouldn't have expected that, but then again, even in the early days of the 1960s, it wasn't just Americans and Eastern Europeans (adults as well as kids) who got into model rocketry; some people in still other countries partook of it. Also, Argentina and Brazil are two countries in which model rocketry--and even amateur rocketry--became popular with a relatively small but active community (even Lebanon, before their long civil war, had an amateur rocketry community that built and flew many vehicles, back in the 1960s).


Yeah now they just lob explosives into Israel...

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Yeah now they just lob explosives into Israel...

Later! OL J R
*SIGH* And they do it using honey (for the homemade Qassam rockets' fuel), too. In those relatively distant days (when Nasser was President of Egypt), even Egyptian rocket engineers--while they were developing V-2 derived [although they looked different] liquid propellant ballistic missiles to use on you-know-who [to quote the Tom Lehrer song] next door--were also launching instrumented payloads on them. If one were to add up all of the newton-seconds of total impulse that have been expended (and stored for future use) to kill people over there, Israel's irrationally-hostile neighbors could probably have built their own "Jew-free paradise" O'Neill-type space colonies by now... :-) / :-(
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