People are always asking about the price of things in Italy. They want to know if they can really get a late model Ferrari in Italy for the price of a spiffy, like-new 1976 Ford Pinto like the neighbor told them they could.
So I occasionally put out these bulletins to save the gullible. You never know.
Yesterday I bought the Italian version of this Gaggia Compact Espresso Machine at the Ipercoop in Sarzana. It cost me €195 out the door, about $280 at the current exchange rate.
Now, if you checked out what Amazon.com wants for the same thing, American Style, you’ll notice that you’d have to pay a highly discounted $558.88 to have it come to your door.
That’s a big difference.
So yes, Italian appliances are expensive in the US. Best to spend a little extra money and buy a house here. That way you’ll be able to buy stuff cheap and use it without taking it over the pond.
Hey, the prices of houses are going down in Tuscany. I checked just this morning. And the price of a coffee at a bar in a small town around here? € .70 – 2.0.