I agree with you on the Starbucks mentality... It would be better for the US to go back to the "Diner Mentality" I guess. BUT, think about this. People in the US work a lot of hours. OK, they GO to work for a lot of hours. They make a LOT more money than the average person in a third world country. How much of a percentage of this persons take home income is that Vanilla Latte with Soy Mold Milk compared to say a cup of a milk/rice drink to the average Guatemalan? How about comparing it as a persons "disposable" income, using disposable as whatever is left after their actual costs for housing, transportation and other so-called necessities?
I really don't know, but would bet that it is similar. The US does pay too much for things, but they make too much also. It seems to me that a country or a people will settle into some sort of rhythm with their economy.
The real sad part to me is how much of a US person's income goes to loans. And how much of those loans are for things that they feel they NEED, not just want. Big screen TV's etc.
Yesterday I was watching a politician talk about the need for credit for the average person so they can afford to replace their TV etc... The politician felt that getting a high interest LOAN for a TV is somehow a necessity?
The US at all levels still thinks it should be easy for anyone (or the US Government) to borrow money, and that loans are a good thing.
The big reason to live in the USA is the optimism about life real or unreal. I do know the only people who will come through this economic problem gracefully will be the people with the diners mentality.
So what can we bring from the USA to help pay for our trip to these places that pay double ?
This is the problem, there is nothing I know of made in the USA that I could sell outside the USA for double. There are zillions of things outside the USA you can buy that you can sell inside the USA for double the prices.
You cannot buy your way to a trip, I think you can save your way to a trip. When a person saves one dollar it is the same as earning two dollars.
Andy said "If I want to buy a computer, socks, shampoo, then “Walmart Mentality” is truly a wonder of the planet. I can buy this type of product at half the price of anywhere on the planet".
so which is it ANDY ? Half price here or double ? Person asked if they could bring things on a trip to help defray costs and sell abroad. In on breath you say prices are double around the world for certain items and in the next breath you advise it is not possible to bring things from the USA to make $$.
So If I read you right stay at home do not try it ?
Seems to me if a Laptop was double SAY 400 in USA and 800 in Thailand one could sell easy for 600 50 % profit. And return with hand made itmes costing X and selling for more because you say things cost half as much or more in other areas of the world than USA..
I'm confused, but I was wondering the same thing about making a few $$ on a trip. Thanks
there are places where american products are worth double. former USSR countries for example. i see many things in Ukraine. but you have to find a way to sneak them in. governments know what the prices are for most goods and they charge accordingly at the border.
The USA is not a yes or no, the prices in Walmart are great, however the Auto, Homes, and Casual purchases like boondoggle.
I must write my post this way, I would never want to think any country is always the same for all layers of the onion.
andy "What is bad about this?
If I want to buy a computer, socks, shampoo, then “Walmart Mentality” is truly a wonder of the planet. I can buy this type of product at half the price of anywhere on the planet".
Ya I to was hoping Andy would give us a tasty treat on how to make a buck on a trip. I guess he is keeping it to himself ? I too am confused from his blog Twice as cheap ? Twice as expensive ? where.