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can i buy records in cuba?

dj_dopamine

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I am headed to cuba friday.
was just wondering if I could buy records there.
looking 4 anything really
house
hip hop
rock
salsa
I just hope it is cheap!
has any1 on this site bought records in cuba b4?
 

bitchass

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all i can say is bring back as many cigars as you're allowed (usually 50) and sell them for as much as you can!

i had my parents bring me back 2 boxes of 25 MonteCristo for about $115 per box and each one could easily sell for $350 canadian... except i like smoking them with my friends.
 

octo

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when i was in cuba two years ago i couldn't find any vinyl.
as far as the locals were concerned vinyl should be extinct.
i was really hoping to find some afro cuban beats but found nothing. all the clubs i went to used cds.
there are probably people in cuba that own old records, but i don't think it would occur to them that someone might want to buy them.

the musicians that play in restaurants usually have cds for sale.

Old Havana is definately worth spending a couple of days walking around in, and booting around in "coco taxis" is fun. CHECK OUT the Tropicana night club cabaret show. the Bacardi museum is also worth checking out. have a daquiry at the bar Hemingway used to drink at (can't remeber the name right now). There are other parts of Havana worth walking around in too. gorgeous architecture.

Near a town called Trinidad there's a club IN A CAVE!! the ultimate venue. you can take a tour of the cave during the day.

Staying at a bed and breakfast type of place can be cheaper than a hotel. Also eating at private residences that are setup as intimate restaurants can be cheaper and TASTY!
DON'T buy cigars from randoms in the markets. they are NOT authentic.

I drank cuban tap water for 2 weeks, no probs.
drink lots of mojitos
rum and coke = cuba libre!

have a good trip

-o-

ps hello tribe
 

AGrayson

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by octo
Near a town called Trinidad there's a club IN A CAVE!! the ultimate venue. you can take a tour of the cave during the day.
Dude I went to a bar like that in Varadero that had a pirate cabaret! Fuckin hilarious!

So much fun I actually went twice in seven days. And the locals that took us there scammed us for about $30 USD. Damn commies!

Adam
 
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H2Whoa

TRIBE Member
<Fidel Castro with palms up
alternately moving his arms up and down>

"Hmmm, should we import food and oil or funky house beats?".

</Fidel Castro with palms up
alternately moving his arms up and down>
 

K_la

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Originally posted by bitchass
all i can say is bring back as many cigars as you're allowed (usually 50) and sell them for as much as you can!

i had my parents bring me back 2 boxes of 25 MonteCristo for about $115 per box and each one could easily sell for $350 canadian... except i like smoking them with my friends.

If you can find a buyer this is good, but most of the time cigar dealers wont trust any cigars brought over from tourists. This is due to the amount of counterfit cigars. The ones on the streets have all the same burned stamps as the ones from the habanios. Not all but some of the counterfits are made with banana leaf or third rate tobacco which has been know to carry bugs and could destroy all cigars in a humidadour (sp?) if placed with the rest. Lastly cigar shops can get finded big time, it would be like a bar not buying boose from the LCBO, if caught they can have their licenses taken away.

Next why the hell did your parents buy the box from the habanios... I cant believe you paid $115 for a box of Monte Cristo's, if they werent #2's you got ripped off huge!!!

If you have a good understanding of cigars only buy them on the street, if you know what to look for you can get actual orginals of good quality counterfits for cheap. When I was there I got a box of Romeo and Juliets #4, Monte Cristo #4 (the safest bet I might add), Paratago #4 and of course a box of Cohiba #2. When I took them to friend of the family that was a cigar dealer, he told me that only the Cohibas were counterfit, but good ones at that. And I only paid $20 a box for all of them!!!

You can make big money selling them individually to dumb drunks. Back in the day when I worked at Peel Pub Id sell them for $15 a piece, I sold half and kept the other half to smoke. I made 750 from 40... its good math :D

If you do buy off the streets here are some things to look for
1) Go to a habanios first and look at all the boxs, this way you will know what to look for on the streets.
2) Each box should have two stamps, a blue and a red, and a wood burned stamp. Check by running your finger over to ensure it is wood burned. These are the seals from the factory, also customs wont let you bring over the cigars if they dont have these stamps.
3) All the cigars should be perfect. The shape should be symetrical, and all the cigars should be the exact same length.
4) The labels should be off good quality. You can tell a fake when the labels are printed on some ghetto ink jet printer!!! The labels should all being facing up, perfectly, not one of the angles will be off on a true box. Look at where they glue the label together, if there is any over-lap they are fakes. Ensure that all the labels are at the same level, when you look at the row of cigars the labels should make a perfectly straight line.

Next only buy from people on the resort. They have the best jobs in Cuba and wouldnt want to do anything to jeopordize it. If the sold some fakes you could report them and they'd go to jail for selling cigars illegally. Thus they are more than likely to have real cigars. Never buy them if they have them barried in the sand, I have scene this many times, and they are always damaged by the humidity.

Be prepared to do lots of walking!!! When I got mine I walked to a few other resorts with my guide untill we found the perfect cigar.

That is all, my novel ends here =P
 

bitchass

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by K_la
That is all, my novel ends here =P
things to know for the next voyage, thanks!

the main thing about this last trip, though was that it was my parents who went down and they aren't the kind to hassle themselves with looking for fake, or stolen cigars. they were in havana for 4 days then to some resort in veradero and bought the montecristo #4 for me and the cohiba #2. they bought them at the cigar shop in havana because all the stores (even at the resorts) sold them for the same price.

oh well, i'm not complaining for the price.
 
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Boss Hog

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I couldn't find any vinyl down there, but ask any one of the dozen locals who will try to befriend you everyday so you will by them drinks and meals...
 

Moe

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I love Cuba.... its my paradise... can't wait to go in Jan

For Vinyl I would suggest trying the book flea market in Havana... ask anyone where the book flea market is ( I think it is inVedado) and you will see hundrerds of vendors selling book and some antiques.. I am sure you can find a few old Cuban records.... if you can find some old Benny Moore that would be a score

have fun... viva la revolution
 

Boss Hog

TRIBE Member
yeah the flea market in Vedado is interesting. Don't be afraid to haggle and walk around a few times. There's also a great market on the opposite side of town near the big castle or whatever it is, they have a lot of local artists work. You might ask there where you can find vinyl.
 

Boss Hog

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p.s. the flea market in Vedado that I'm talking about only happens on weekends and it's just down the hill from the cinema and the huge hotel (who remembers the name?)
 
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