Importing vitamins for sale to Chile - at fair prices

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Re: Importing vitamins for sale to Chile - at fair prices

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Sat Jan 23, 2021 1:52 pm

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Re: Importing vitamins for sale to Chile - at fair prices

Post by admin » Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:50 pm

Let me just put it this way.

We handled the import of an energy drink a few years ago that is sold at corner stores in the united states.

The company spent a half a million dollars to get regulatory aproval in Chile for the sale (unfortunately not on us), over two years, numerious lab reports, and was finally denied on repeated appeals.

you can not just ship a bunch of pills in to the country and start selling them. The existing drug dealers would be very unhappy.
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Post by Rhodolite » Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:30 pm

Ahumada pharmacies sell GNC products.

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Re: Importing vitamins for sale to Chile - at fair prices

Post by fraggle092 » Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:31 pm

thomas2021 wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 1:35 pm
I saw on Mercado Libre that a bottle of D3 (250 capsules of 5,000) is going for $42 USD in Chile. That's more than 3 times expensive than what it costs in the States.
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Doing the sums: CLP ($5995/720) * 2.5 = USD $20.81

MercadoLibre has plenty of hugely overpriced items on offer. I suppose someone must buy them.
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Re: Importing vitamins for sale to Chile - at fair prices

Post by tiagoabner » Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:24 pm

thomas2021 wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:07 pm
fraggle092 wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:31 pm
thomas2021 wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 1:35 pm
I saw on Mercado Libre that a bottle of D3 (250 capsules of 5,000) is going for $42 USD in Chile. That's more than 3 times expensive than what it costs in the States.
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Vitamina D3 400 U I x 100 Comprimidos.jpg
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Doing the sums: CLP ($5995/720) * 2.5 = USD $20.81

MercadoLibre has plenty of hugely overpriced items on offer. I suppose someone must buy them.
A bottle of D3, 5,000 IU, 360 capsules in the US is $14.

That GNC product is way overpriced.

Is this black market selling?

D3 is hugely important during the pandemic. Everyone should have access to it at a low price.
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I guess you haven't heard of the free market, or of price hiking.
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Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:27 pm

Note that all the farm acia D3 have ridiculously low IU. A better comparison is price per IU.

Remember, Chile authorities copy what the US authorities say and do, prevention via vitamins and minerals and the use of time tested, cheap, low side effect, anti-virals are ignored over expensive, hi-tech, genetic you are the test animal vaccines.
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Post by Donnybrook2 » Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:31 pm

Farmacias Ahumada has some GNC products and Linio has online ordering. Don't know if contracts are involved but it might be a good idea to find out first. I wonder what proportion of the people in Chile take some form of vitamin supplements.

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Re: Importing vitamins for sale to Chile - at fair prices

Post by fraggle092 » Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:37 pm

thomas2021 wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:07 pm
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A bottle of D3, 5,000 IU, 360 capsules in the US is $14.

That GNC product is way overpriced.
By the time IVA plus shipping & importation fees are tacked on the difference isn't that much. There is no way you can ever match the big boys, legally or illegally for all the reasons other ppl have already mentioned.
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Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:16 am

Those gray market MercadoLibre vendors might be getting the squeeze in the not so distant future. I follow a vendor group on WhatsApp and there have already been cases where informal vendors have been reported to SII by MercadoLibre. This is not surprising as they have collaborated with the tax authorities previously in Mexico and Argentina among others. I believe fraggle can enlighten us on SII's move to tax Internet businesses.

Also, the fear of many successful legal businesses on MercadoLibre is that they are slowly striving towards an Amazon model where they will steal and monopolize access to product, inventory and restrict competition to the products originally sold by domestic vendors on that same platform.
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Re: Importing vitamins for sale to Chile - at fair prices

Post by admin » Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:15 am

half that over priced crap you see on mercado libre is probably a money laundering operation or some other illegal front.

when is the last time you seen in the papers the PDI bust a cash smuggling operation?

drug siezures happen all the time, where is the cash? how do the colombians, peruvians, etc get paid?

No one ships suitcases or containers of cash anymore around the world. technology has fixed that problem for the drug dealers and other fine upstanding citizens. a really easy way to clean and move that money is online "sales" of products.

Around south america the governments don't have the resources to chase digital criminals, especially if they are even mildly sofisticated about it; assuming governments were even slightly intetested in doing it. Even better if they can collect some online tax on all those transactions.
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Re: Importing vitamins for sale to Chile - at fair prices

Post by fraggle092 » Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:52 am

Re MercadoLibre, it took just one minute to find these listings for exactly the same product. Caveat emptor, etc.
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