Dec 24th 2009 1:35AM If you had made this study with millionaires I bet nobody would feel guilty about luxury purchases.
I'd say we only feel guilty when we know we are living beyond our means, typical behavior of the not so wise middle class.
An example: If you have $250k net worth and buy a Ferrari or pay it with monthly payments I bet you'll feel at least a bit guilty later. But if you have like $10mi you won't care about it and you'll just buy it because you want it.
Nov 23rd 2009 5:33PM let me clear this... when you read this what do you understand?
"We're pretty sure it's been making its way into the country for many years by not-so-official means". Anyone will think that this is by blackmarket when it's not. Big Stores are selling since USA launch.
As most people said the only difference is that after a year(loss of store warranty) if your ps2 or ps3 fails you'll not get any support from Sony Brasil, although there are private 100% legal stores that fix ps2 and ps3s.
Case is closed.
Nov 23rd 2009 11:36AM I think I forgot to say the most important.
PS3 started selling in Brazil in Big retailers like Wallmart, Americanas, Submarino with 1 year warranty like 1-2 weeks after official release in USA it was like USD$1500-1700 by the time of release. The same happened with the PS2. I think the editor is talking about Sony store or something like that.
Anyway the poster of this article just proved himself an idiot unglobalized person not to know that nowadays almost everything launch simultaneously even in poorer countries like Angola or Vietnam. The difference is just price.
Engadget editor, you fail dude.
Nov 23rd 2009 11:03AM Hahaha, you are offending me. Do you think I'm stupid? Is strictly prohibited by law to buy used cars(1mile is already used) except cars over 30 years old or unless you are a diplomat.
Even if you import a NEW by yourself you still pay huge INSANE taxes like no other country in the world. 35% II+25 IPI+1.6 PIS+9.9% COFINS+ 12%ICMS(state tax) and this taxes are cumulative. So a USD$100k car arrives here at USD$211k+USD$3k IPVA(annual tax) if you import by yourself, it's sometimes more than what you'll pay in a store.
You can only save some money when you are buying cars over USD$600k at least, after that you can save usd$50k-$100k or even more depending on car price.
Once again, only multimillionaires drive porsches in Brazil. Ferraris are for the ultra riches since they start at over USD700k.
Nov 21st 2009 10:11PM Well, in some under developed countries like Brazil you have to pay over 100% in taxes for almost everything you buy.
In Brazil a ps3 costs about USD$1100 in big stores, over half that price is just taxes.
Millionaires(dollar millionaires of course) in Brazil drive cars that some americans see as crap like Audi A4, Honda CRV, Hyundai Santa Fe, etc... cars are the ultimate luxury in BR and deadly expensive.
A4 doesn't sell for less than usd$85k, yes.. it's not a ferrari its just a lame audi a4. that's why when you see a porsche in Brazil it means that guy has probably millions of dollars. cars have additional taxes u pay every year too.. 3% of the car.
In USA even average ppl making 3-4k a month can buy a porsche.
this is just sad man.
Nov 12th 2009 11:23AM Well, usd$20mi for that? I don't think it's really worth it if you think you could probably buy a decent castle/mansion in England for similar amount or even less.
I don't know about the current real state market over there but I'd bet this residence doesn't worth more than half of what its asked.
Nov 12th 2009 11:13AM lol.
Nov 12th 2009 11:11AM The "koeniseg" is a cool car indeed but not nearly as amazing as the Zonda C12, F ou Cinque, Zondas give you a mind blowing experience, this car is more like just another expensive exotic sports car.
This version specifically saying is maybe one of the best but still nothing impressive except the diamond thing which doesn't make a good car.
Sep 2nd 2009 5:14PM I think this is a bit extreme and I don't think it'll work out given the number of people above $160mi willing to play golf in scotland. Also in my opinion usd$20-$30mi net worth is enough to prove you are a very successful person.
Aug 3rd 2009 1:44AM For me the F458 sound is kinda disappointing, the Ferrari scream from the F355 and the F360 used make Ferrari stand out of the crowd in my opinion, it was one of the Ferrari signatures but this engine sounds too generic.
Ferrari staff should have some lessons with the Pagani team, I doubt the Zonda F would be that famous if it wasn't for its superb sounding engine. Look at the Koenigsegg, good design but it's sound is just ok, nothing that amazing for the exigent buyers. Lambos also have their very distinct sound, Ferrari should keep theirs.
I just hope that the F458 makes a decent sound with a new exhaust system.
The F430 was my first deception regarding engine sound even though it was that bad and actually got cool with a X-OST system, not as cool and the old screaming F360 though, Scud gave me new hopes for the future of Ferrari's engine sound but now they destroyed my hopes again. -.-