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  • Birthday 01/23/1981

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  1. I went back and looked at earlier pricing. From 2001 - 2003 Fundadores were listed at $14.00 each and a box price of 336.00. Also listed at $13.50 each in 50 count box at $675.00. It does appear they received a significant price adjustment downward which made them more affordable. I have a big gap in my pricing history (and travel) between 2004 and 2013 "on island" so I don't know when that adjustment occured.
  2. I agree. I'm looking at my 2004 Excel spreadsheet for the cigar prices in Cuba. Trinidad Fundadores were $14.24 or $341.65 a box. They were only $0.03 less than a Cohiba Lancero. I remember the quality to be very very good, even for boxes rolled in 1998, 1999 and the later difficult years. They had the mystique and caché of being one of the only cigars given as diplomatic gifts. Launched it as a single vitola line in 1998 and then decided to turn it into a "niche brand".
  3. Does anyone else read the Bob Loblaw Law Blog? 😉
  4. It is a very very good book that illustrates what happens to people and their businesses when the ruling elites believe they have become "too successful" in Cuba. The indiscretions you were told you needed to commit, that were expected of you by government functionaries, are the same ones they use against you in your corruption trial...with those same government functionaries testifying against you.
  5. That “Habana 2000“ experiment was sure interesting.
  6. Best to always be honest so a prospective buyer can factor any negative into their decision making process or price. If one chooses not to disclose, at the very least an offer of refund to the buyer if they are not happy with the appearance/of the cigars they purchased is called for.
  7. I went to that store as well. My recollection was that because it was centrally located in the tourist / hotel downtown shopping area had a great selection of well-cared for singles. I don't remember seeing many boxes of cigars. Lots and lots of singles, in fact quite a bit of of EL and hard to find singles (think VR Don Alejandro, San Luis Rey Regios and Ramón Allones Allones No. 2)
  8. I don't remember them being particularly "outrageous" as in Canada or UK outrageous but I'm guessing you'd probably pay 8€ for a single Montecristo No. 4, 20-22€ for a Cohiba Robusto. I could be off though.
  9. Cigarstore Hazar Margaretenstr. 42, Vienna 1040, AT Great selection and Ercan is very helpful. I picked up boxes of Austrian Regionals, 1 box of Romeo y Julieta Escudos 2007 EL and 2 boxes of 2002 La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 2 several years ago. Also some singles of Partagas Lusitana Gran Reserva and what was left of a box of very old Punch Royal Selection No. 12. It was a nice day.
  10. I think I was offered that very same box in Cienfuegos...
  11. Every May 29th is Dia de Trabajador Tabacalero. Some video links to "news stories" in Cuba about the event. Cuba - Cuba huele a tabaco (Día del Trabajador Tabacalero) Próximo 29 de Mayo, Día Del Trabajador Tabacalero - Telecristal En LasTunas se celebra el día del trabajador tabacalero Celebran en Camagüey Día del Trabajador Tabacalero - shows the rolling (briefly) of peso cigars In Araceli Tinajero's book 'El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader', she wrote in great detail about the responsibilites of the lector around the factory beyond just their job reading to rollers. One of these responsibilities was organizing activities for employees both at work and outside of work. Tinajero wrote: 'May 29 is the Day of the Cigar Worker. Without a doubt, the coordination of events to take place both inside and outside the factory falls to the lector. On that day, he is in charge of encouraging participation in special events. There are recitations and dancing, instruments are played, and messages are read on the platform. There is a special lunch that day, and usually work ends early so that everyone can dance to the beat of the music that reverberates throughout the factory. In coordination with the trade union or outside organizations, the lector encourages the workers to participate, whether it be in speechmaking contests or recitation. (p.198-199) Tinajero, A., & Grasberg, J. E. (2010). El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader (LLILAS Translations from Latin America Series). University of Chicago Press Chicago Distribution Center.
  12. I noted: 50 cigars (2 boxes) (down from 4 boxes) now require an official receipt. It used to be 24 loose cigars without any receipt. That seems to be down to 20. The other interesting thing is that it says the boxes must be closed with all appropriate labels. I hope by closed they are not meaning sealed'd be out of your damn mind to not open and inspect every box you purchase on island. Also, you can receive boxes by mail now?
  13. Cuban Government published new exciting regulations on April 12th related to the exportation of cigars out of the country by tourists and came into effect May 12th. I've pulled the relevant pages out of the entire document so you can save yourself the headache of finding it. It is in Spanish.
  14. I do think the number of Cubans who are attempting to enter via the Southwest Land Border undetected is likely small as they have a particular incentive to document their arrival. Under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), a Cuban citizen can qualify for adjustment to lawful permanent resident status if they (1) have been inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States; (2) have been physically present in the United States for at least one year at the time of application; (3) are admissible to the United States, and (4) merit a favorable exercise of discretion. The first of these is the most important and even after wet foot/dry foot disappeared, immigration officers continued to release Cubans into the country pending immigration proceedings. An opinion by an immigration judge (in Miami) determined that pursuant to Supreme Court precedent, the act of being released from DHS custody at the border constitutes parole under INA § 212(d)(5), thus satisfying the “inspected and admitted or paroled” requirement under the CAA. I do think there are likely some who could choose to enter clandestinely because they understand they would not be admissible to the United States nor benefit from the CAA due to disqualifying reasons one might be denied entry or adjustment. USCIS Announces Policy Change Regarding Parole Status of Certain Cubans

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