You know you´ve been in Ecuador too long when…

This week I´m checking in from my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio on a brief visit.

And a few days ago my first day back in the States I had a chicken burger at a fast food joint…

And it sent me RUNNING for the nearest bathroom mumbling to myself, “Lord, have mercy!”!

Several times.

So I guess you know you´ve been in Ecuador too long when the stomach can´t handle good-ol American processed food.

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Don´t move to Ecuador without this

I live in Ecuador.  

But occasionally go back to visit friends and family in the States.  

And what was my first stop upon arrival this past week to my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio?

The shoestore.  Famous Footwear.  

I rolled up with as they say in Ecuador “hungry shoes”.  Or shoes with the sole partially detached.  

I actually threw away the shoes I had on in the bin outside the store as soon as I was done purchasing.

I simply refuse to buy shoes in Ecuador. 

For example, Nike tennis shoes, the same ones you can get on sale in US for around $50 would go for $150-170 in Ecuador.  Adidas is the same thing.  Even sandals too.  Most other name-brand and casual shoes have similar price differences.  Women´s dress and casual shoes also can be 3x what they cost in the USA.

Plus, the larger sizes often can´t be found in Ecuador.  

And yes, people have actually stolen shoes from me in Ecuador (in 2017 even)!

So when you move here, be sure you have your ideal footwear until at least your next trip back!  

The only shoe type I would buy in this region (Ecuador, Colombia, Peru) is men´s leather dress shoes, some nice locally-made styles for reasonable prices can be had.

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1 item to bring to Ecuador for quick cash

This week I´m checking in from Atlanta, USA… and there are MANY things here you could bring back with you to Ecuador that could fetch more than you paid for it at least covering the cost of your flight (and then some).

But if I had to pick one item… as for ease of sale and profit potential.  

It would be to bring a PS4 FIFA edition. New.  In USA you can buy at many different places for around $300.  In Ecuador, you could resell online to Ecuadorians via a site like MercadoLibre.com.ec for around $410-450.  

As long as you bring ONLY 1 per person you won´t have problems when being inspected by Ecuador customs because one unit is allowed per person as it´s deemed you bring for personal use.  If you brought more units you would have to pay import taxes upon entry to country at airport.  

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