Back to the Stone Age: Visa Argentina says no to Paypal and other oddities (Anger Overload)

And I say we are absolutely screwed. That’s it. Officially, I can’t purchase, get paid or anything through Paypal using a Visa credit card (sadly those are the only ones we have in our family…) This also turns my paypal account into an “unverified” one (no credit card), ergo I have that lame limit for transferences.

Not only our money isn’t worth a penny outside of the country, not only the official postal service doesn’t let you make International Postal Money Orders without using a third-party service (Western union, which many sites seem to dislike a lot), not only they won’t let you pay in dollars. WTF? You are the official postal service for god’s sake and you cannot accept dollars? HOW THE HELL DO YOU KEEP TOURISTS HAPPY? DO I NEED TO SHOW A DIFFERENT NATIONALITY (preferably european) TO BE TREATED BETTER? God, I’m so fed up.

My simple, stupid, plain and retarded, even childish and naive idea was to actually do the following:

1) Purchase music cd from a site (options were PayPal and IPMO)
2) Purchase a poster from Redbubble through PayPal

Easy, right? Yes, in a serious country.

I can’t do any of those. First, because for PayPal I would need a credit card in order to transfer money from a bank account to PayPal or to posses a USA bank account. Now, the only credit cards we have are from Visa, ergo, we are screwed because our Central Bank and Visa don’t like their citizens to buy stuff from other countries (usually cheaper, hell the cd I’m trying to get would cost four/five times its real price here)

Then I’m beginning to think I won’t even be able to send a postal money order for the simple fact that the seller might not appreciate Western Union at all (hopefully it’s a popular seller with good reputation and has been operating since 2001) I’m crossing my fingers, hoping they won’t mind me to pay through that source which is, actually MY LAST RESOURCE.

WHO THE HOLY RECONTRA F—— I CAN ONLY HAVE ONE POSSIBLE SOURCE OF PAYMENT? Which is also hindered because I AM going to get ripped off by Western Union’s obscene taxes for international orders. (21% here, 2% there, 2usd of extra charges and what not) What kind of shit is this? (to hell with self-censoring I’m angry now) What the fuck is wrong with this government? They think they are puppeteers or something, lying with the inflation index, lying with the prices, lying with everything. I know most governments lie but these guys put Pinnocchio (sp?) in shame.

I’ll kill the next person that spits the “but you have to like where you live”, “progress there, build something” crap. I don’t buy it anymore. This is cyclic. FREAKING CYCLIC! It happens every ten years or so, for the love of god this movie happened in 1989 (hyperinflation), 1998-1999 (deflation, recession, my father was fired and we entered in an economic debacle that hit its peak in 2001 and reached the worst point in 2002 with the devaluation…) We are in 2008.

Time for another crisis? Look at the newspapers, oh the irony, GLOBAL ECONOMIC MAYHEM. And what does the government say here? We are protected because we have superavit. What the hell? You call superavit ripping everyone off with obscene taxes to the point we are years delayed in terms of technology?

Jeez. I want to get out of here but I can’t even do that. 120 flights cancelled since December. And apparently that actually made it to the news of other countries… Yes, because tourists were affected by that. Oh, yeah, even getting the passport can be THE odyssey.

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, you got to kill to stay alive. Yes, Iron Maiden rules.


No wonder tango is popular here. The music for the melancholic and the lonely.

Yes, it’s quite hard to purchase stuff online here.

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