I checked prices on some sites and have feeling of strong misunderstanding: according to Wikw the currency os peso, but prices are in '$'. Moreover, the price seems to be unreasonably high, please see screenshot.


From my standpoint, almost USD 12k is weird (you can buy used big 4WD in Europe within 2K or less), so I believe I just misunderstand something.

Could you please explain how much it really costs (in USD or EUR) and why such a way to display prices?

p.s. tried to compare how it'll be cheaper to travel across SA: by public transport or buy something like that.

  • Could it be that 11890.00 in pesos is roughly $658.68 US Dollars or roughly 589 euro?
    – JonH
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 16:39
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    @Willeke the dollar sign originates with the peso (as does the dollar itself, which was originally the "Spanish dollar"). See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_sign#Origin. It is similar to Italy formerly using £ for lira.
    – phoog
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 16:42
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    @JonH it's not poor design. Many countries use the so-called dollar sign for their currencies.
    – phoog
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 16:44
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    @JonH and nothing on the site indicates that the price is in anything other than pesos. The sign for the Argentine peso is $.
    – phoog
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 16:49
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    @pnuts I tried to compare how it'll be cheaper to travel across SA: by public transport or buy something like that.
    – Putnik
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 7:43

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The dollar sign derives from an abbreviation for the Spanish-American peso, the currency from which the US dollar itself derives. Many countries use this sign for their currencies. Any use of the sign without further specifying the currency is therefore ambiguous, which is why ISO currency codes exist.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_sign and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar.

Argentina is among the many countries using this sign for their currency. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentine_peso:

The peso (originally established as the peso convertible) is the currency of Argentina, identified by the symbol $ preceding the amount in the same way as many countries using dollar currencies.

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    Also, while the Brazilian real and Peruvian sol technically use different symbols, their symbols are very similar to the dollar sign, and are often indistinguishable when handwritten.
    – choster
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 17:12

You will probably find that higher-value items (e.g. real estate) are priced in US dollars in Argentina. These will be marked as US$ as the dollar sign on its own means Argentine Pesos (currency code ARS).

  • I think this should be converted to a comment.
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 5:59

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