I just tried to buy a new adapter for a laptop. Here in Panama I was quoted $120 + 7 % tax by Toshiba.
I bought it on eBay for $9.99 with free shipping (will be delivered to my home in Panama tax free within 1 week for $6).
Water filters that are $9.99 in the US run me about $25 as Novey here. Same for many other filters I need.
A new circuit board for my dryer would run me about $700, picked it up at appliance pro in the US for about $120.
Nisato which has 40 years in Panama I have been unfortunate enough to deal with. They have no replacement parts at all in the entire country. I was sent on a wild goose chase for 2-3 hours once. Same goes for many of the Chinese motorcycles here, no replacement parts at all available - watch out for Eastern especially.
Daewoo took me 4 months to get a new ice maker for $250 that is on amazon.com for $50.
I constantly have the feeling in Panama that someone is making a penny who should not be making a penny. WE NEED HOME DEPOT, WAL MART, AMAZON, EBAY, IKEA AND MANY OTHER STORES HERE DESPARATELY.
A word or warning to everyone! Do not ever buy anything in Panama that does not exist in the US. If it does not exist in the US you will not be able to bypass the greedy mark-up pigs in this country.